May 23, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head volleyball coach Keylor Chan has announced the addition of transfer Candice Yager to the Wildcats volleyball family. Yager will be a sophomore and available for the 2014 season, which begins on August 29.
Yager matriculated the University of North Dakota in 2013 from her hometown of St. Michael, Minn. The defensive specialist appeared in 95 sets over 31 matches as a freshman for UND and averaged 1.6 digs per set. Yager posted double-digit digs three times, including on Oct. 12 when she netted a career-best 13 against Portland State. The team went 22-11 in 2013 and claimed a share of the Big Sky championship.
In the classroom, Yager was an Academic All-Big Sky honoree and a member of the UND AD Honor Roll. She also received the D.J. Robertson Award for receiving a "straight A" average during her first semester on campus.
"We're thrilled to welcome Candice into the mix at Northwestern," said Wildcats head coach Keylor Chan. "She was a key component to North Dakota's conference championship team in 2013 and I know that she'll continue to compete at the highest level on the court and in the classroom in her new home."
Yager will join four other newcomers at Northwestern in 2014. Symone Abbott, Gabrielle Hazen and Taylor Tashima signed National Letters of Intent in November, while Katie Kniep joined the class in April.
A complete bio on Yager follows:
St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville/North Dakota
Prior to Northwestern: Played in 2013 at the University of North Dakota ... Helped UND win 22 matches and claim a share of the Big Sky championship ... Appeared in 95 games over 31 matches ... Made four starts ... Tallied 152 digs and 17 service aces.
High School: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at St. Michael-Albertville H.S. ... Four-time All-Mississippi 8 selection ... Helped the Knights win four conference championships ... Named to 2012 Under Armour Watch List ... PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandie ... Also lettered twice in gymnastics ... Honor roll student all four years ... Recipient of the Minnesota State High School League Academic Award.
Personal: Born Candice Patricia Yager on 10/23/94 ... Daughter of Todd and Patti Yager ... Older sister, Catherine, lettered at Michigan from 2009-11 before finishing collegiate career at North Dakota State in 2012.
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