DETROIT, Mich. -- Fresh off the most successful season in the brief history of the program, Marygrove College women's volleyball head coach Jamie Baker announced Friday (Jan. 31) the signing of Novi native and former Schoolcraft College standout, Amber Staudt. The signing – conducted inside Marygrove's fitness center – was a proud and unique occasion for the Staudt family.
Why unique? Staudt's sister, Rachel, is a member of the women's volleyball team for Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) foe Lawrence Tech. With the sisters playing at separate conference schools, Friday's signing kicked off a friendly sibling rivalry that will create lasting memories for Amber, Rachel, and the entire Staudt family for years to come. Amber and Rachel will stand opposite of each other on the collegiate court for the first time when Marygrove visits Lawrence Tech on Oct. 1, 2014.
Staudt's signing is the first of the season for Coach Baker's Mustangs as the program prepares to build off last year's success.
A 5-foot-3 setter and defensive specialist, Staudt committed to continue her academic and athletic career at the northwest Detroit campus that boasts 14 intercollegiate varsity sports. Known for possessing exceptional court vision and a strong work ethic, Staudt adds to an already impressive collection of student-athletes in the growing volleyball program at Marygrove.
Most recently, the athletic setter and defensive specialist spent a year playing at Schoolcraft College where she shot up the depth chart into a starting role. Prior to her days as an Ocelot, Staudt was a key fixture in the Novi-based volleyball clubs Instant Replay and Club Extreme. Opting for club over high school volleyball, Staudt played six years in the competitive club ranks before landed at Schoolcraft for the 2013 campaign.
Staudt was a 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Novi High School and a member of Schoolcraft's Phi Theta Kappa honor society for her dedication in the classroom. The well-rounded student-athlete has her sights set on being a nurse and will enroll in Marygrove's respected health sciences program beginning Fall 2014.
Coach Baker on Staudt: We are excited for Amber to join the Mustang Volleyball family. She already has a year of competitive college playing experience under her belt, and I expect her to come in and push our offense along with our defense. She is a very hard worker, not only on the court, but also in the classroom as well. Amber is a wonderful addition to the Marygrove community and I look forward to coaching her next season.
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