July 2, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head volleyball coach Keylor Chan announced that three more incoming freshman will join the 2013 squad this fall, bringing the total number of newcomers to six.
Kelly Boutelle is an outside hitter from Del Mar, Calif., the same hometown as Northwestern redshirt junior Katie Dutchman. Abby Hofmeister is a defensive specialist who prepped at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio. The third fresh face belongs to Caleigh Ryan, a setter from nearby Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Boutelle attended The Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif., where she was a team captain and a three-time letterwinner for the Knights. The Californian played with the Coast Volleyball Club for seven years and in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Junior Olympic tournament, she faced off against another incoming Wildcat, Maddie Slater. Starring in the classroom as well, she is an honor roll student and a San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar Athlete.
Hofmeister is a defensive specialist and was a three-year letterwinner herself for the Bishop Watterson Eagles. She has been a member of the Columbus Volleyball Academy for the past three years, placing as high as third in a national AAU tournament. She carried a 4.0 GPA through four years of high school and was named class valedictorian, in addition to being a member of National Honor Society.
The third newcomer of the group, Ryan, won't have to travel far to get to Evanston. The west-suburban Chicago, native was a four-time letterwinner and two-year captain at Glenbard West High School. Ryan is the school's single-season leader in assists and was an All-State performer in 2012 after receiving honorable mention in 2011. She has corralled numerous academic accolades, as well, and is a National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member.
Boutelle, Hofmeister and Ryan join Slater, Kayla Morin
and Rafae Strobos
as Northwestern's class of 2013. The arrival of the latter trio was announced on NUsports.com
in November. In addition, the Wildcats expect to return nine letterwinners in the fall.
Complete bios for Boutelle, Hofmeister and Ryan are below:
5'11" - Outside Hitter
Del Mar, Calif./The Bishop's School
High School: Three-year letter winner and team captain for The Bishop's School ... Member of Coast Volleyball Club for seven seasons, winning the SoCal Qualifier in 2010... San Diego Union Tribune Scholar Athlete ... Honor Roll student.
Personal: Daughter of David and Barbara Boutelle... Mother was a Division I All-America swimmer... Competed against classmate Maddie Slater in the 2012 Junior Olympics ... Chose Northwestern over Tufts and Columbia ... Anticipated major is journalism.
5'4" - Defensive Specialist
Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson
High School: Three-year letter winner at bishop Watterson ... Helped the Eagles win back-to-back district championships in 2011 and 2012 ... Member of Columbus Volleyball Academy for five years ... Valedictorian at Bishop Watterson ... National Honor Society member ... 4.0 Scholar for four years ... Winner of the Sister Wagner Math Scholarship.
Personal: Daughter of Joseph and Marietta Hofmeister... Mother played Division III soccer... Chose Northwestern over Virginia, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, and MIT... Anticipated major is Industrial Engineering or Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics.
5'10" - Setter
Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West
High School: Four-year letter winner and two-year team captain for Glenbard West ... Holds the Glenbard West record for most assists with 768 assists in her senior year ... Made the game-winning kill against Downers Grove North to win school's first conference championship since 1984 ... All-State in 2012 and All-State Honorable Mention in 2011... Two-time All-Conference and Daily Herald All-Area... Chicago Sun Times All-Area in 2012 ... Competed in the Sports Town Chicago All-Star Game ... Won the team award for Most Assists, Most Service Points, Most Aces, and MVP in multiple years ... Member of Sports Performance Team for three years and 1st Alliance Volleyball Club for four years... Helped team place 5th at AAU Nationals in 2012 ... Academic All-Conference in 2012... National Honors Society... Spanish Honor Society... State Scholar... Three-year Gold Bar Award.
Personal: Born Caleigh Bridget Ryan... Daughter of Kelly and Kathleen Ryan... Father was captain of the football team at Yale... Mother swam at Yale... Anticipated major is journalism.
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