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Saints Add Final Volleyball Recruit in Blocker Schmidt

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HELENA - Carroll College head volleyball coach Moe Boyle announced the final signing of the 2014-15 class as middle blocker Crystal Schmidt, formerly of Blue Mountain Community College has committed to the Fighting Saints.

The 6-foot Hermiston, Ore. product comes to Helena with numerous accolades and exceptional playing experience at the community college level.

“Crystal has already demonstrated uncommon maturity and is the type of leader who understands winning and will make an immediate impact for us on the court and in the locker room,” Boyle said.

At Blue Mountain (Pendleton, Ore.), Schmidt was a key contributor on two NWAACC championship teams and was selected to the 1st team NWAACC during both campaigns as well as garnering 1st team All-America honors as a sophomore.

“We are so excited to have Crystal in the fold.  She will be able to step in upfrup front provide us with exceptional ability, experience and a winning attitude,” Boyle said.

As a sophomore, Schmidt ranked third in the NWAACC in hitting percentage (.379) and tallied 367 kills in 57 sets.  Schmidt’s 3.25 kills per set and 48 blocks were crucial to the Timberwolves success.

To cap her community college career off, Schmidt was recognized as the 2013 Baden Athlete of the Year for Volleyball.

Prior to attending Blue Mountain, Schmidt was a standout three-sport athlete at Hermiston High School in basketball, track and field and volleyball.

Schmidt will study business administration at Carroll and is considering competing in track and field once she is settled in on the hilltop.

“I hope to bring a calm, collected presence to the team and help us make a statement this season in the league and hopefully nationals,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt is the Fighting Saints fifth and final signing of the offseason.off season joins Marija Nicksic, Mallory Arbizzani, Holly Morehouse and Catherine Sloan as the new faces coming to Carroll this fall.

“We definitely improved with our signings.  The players coming in will move us in a positive direction and with the maturity of our freshman class, we will be further along then where we left off last season,” Boyle said.
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