What’s already a solid recruiting class has turned out to get even better for the Montana State University-Northern volleyball team.
Northern head coach Bill Huebsch recently announced the signings of Joni Nagy, a transfer from Spokane Falls Community
College and Janelle Hoff from Alberta.
Nagy is a 5-9 setter from Riverside high school in Chattaroy, Wash. She is the daughter of Bob and Debra Nagy.
Nagy played four years varsity volleyball at Riverside High School along with four years varsity track and two years varsity basketball. She was voted team MVP for three years. She received 2nd Team All Conference as a sophomore, and as a junior and senior got 1st Team All Conference. She Broke five school records for digs and aces She participated in club volleyball for eight years, a majority of that time was spent in VIP Juniors Club Program.
Joni now attends Spokane Falls Community College where she has been a starter for two years. Her sophomore year she received 1st Team All Region, Setter of the region for the 1st half of the season, Team Co-Captain, and participated in the sophomore all-star match. She helped to lead her team to an overall record of 37-7 winning their region and placing third at NWAACCs.
MSU-Northern is Joni's number one choice because of the small town community. She is excited to play with these new girls and pumped for the opportunity to compete and win at MSU-N. She is planning to pursue a degree in business.
Hoff will follow in the footsteps of sisters Carlee and Lonnie, who also played for the Skylights. She attended Standard School her entire life. Played on the junior and senior high team all six years and was Provincial Champions in Grade 10 in 2009, Provincial Bronze medalists in Grade 11 in 2010. Played club volleyball since she was 10 years old. Her team was Provincial champions in U15 in 2009 where she was an MVP, National Champions in U16 in 2010, Provincial Silver medalists in 2011, again earning MVP honors, All Star at Nationals in 2011. Her club team represented Canada to go to Guatemala City, Guatemala at the Norceca Tournament. She Played U16 Team Alberta for three years, Bronze first year in 2008. Hoff also plays high school badminton and track. Her interests are horseback riding, fishing, outdoor activities and reading.
“I am interested in MSU-N because I really like the small town atmosphere of Havre and the support of the athletics from the community,” Hoff said. “Growing up in a small town, I believe I will feel at home in Havre and at MSU-N. The agriculture sector of this community appeals to my interests, and I know that I can excel and grow in my career goals. The way that MSU-N runs their athletic programs will set me up to succeed in both my athletic and academic goals. I am excited to play volleyball because it will be a big change playing at the collegiate level, and it will be fun to play with a new team. I believe that Coach Huebsch is the best coach for me to succeed, and that he will push me to play at my top level. I am excited for the new challenges and experience that it will bring.”
Hoff and Nagy are two of four new recruits, all of who should impact the Skylights next fall.