April 18, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Lauren Brobst, a prep standout, and Emily Bemis, a transfer from the University of Arizona, will join the University of Iowa volleyball program in 2013, head coach Sharon Dingman announced Thursday.
The duo joins Corinne Gajcak and Alyssa Klostermann in Iowa’s 2013 recruiting class.
“These four add athleticism and depth,” Dingman said about the recruiting class. “We expect all of them to have an immediate impact on our success.”
|2013 Recruiting Class|
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Hometown (Last School)|
|Emily Bemis||OH||6-2||DeKalb, Ill., (University of Arizona)|
|Lauren Brobst||MB||6-1||Sioux City, Iowa (Bishop Heelan)|
|Corinne Gajcak||L||5-9||Lisle, Ill., (Naperville North)|
|Alyssa Klostermann||S||5-10||Dubuque, Iowa (Wahlert Catholic)|
Bemis, a 6-2 outside hitter, hails from DeKalb, Ill. She will be able to compete immediately at Iowa as a sophomore in 2013. As a freshman at Arizona in 2012, she competed in 16 matches. Bemis finished with 16 kills, seven digs and three blocks during her rookie campaign. She had multiple kills in three contests, including a season-high eight kills with three digs, a block and an assist in Arizona’s victory at Utah on Oct. 12.
Bemis was a three-time all-conference selection at DeKalb High School. She earned first team all-state honors and honorable mention All-America honors in 2011, in addition to being named DeKalb Daily Chronicle Player of the Year. Bemis earned a No. 54 national ranking in PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces. The first ever All-American at DeKalb High School, she led her team to back-to-back Northern Illinois Big 12 championships. Bemis, a four-year basketball letterwinner, played club volleyball with the Kane County Juniors.
“We are thrilled to have a player of Emily’s experience and skill level join our team,” said Dingman. “She comes from a program that plays a very high level volleyball and she received great training while at Arizona. Emily is everything we want in our players — she can pass, score points and has a team first attitude; and she sets a very high standard for herself athletically and academically.”
Brobst, a 6-1 middle blocker/outside hitter from Sioux City, Iowa, was named first team all-state by the Des Moines Register, and IGCA all-district and honorable mention all-state. A first team all-conference selection, she was also named to the 2012 Class 4A All-Tournament Team. Brobst led Bishop Heelan High School to four-straight conference titles, three-straight state runner-up finishes, and the state semifinals as a senior. A basketball and track letterwinner and Silver Honor Roll member, she competed at nationals in 2012 with her club team, Nebraska Impact.
“It’s great to have a player of Lauren’s ability joining us,” said Dingman. “She has the love of the Hawkeyes, a competitive spirit and a desire to excel — all ingredients that will help propel our program to higher levels of success.”