Winona State University head volleyball coach Joe Getzin announced on Thursday the signing of four student-athletes to the Warriors’ 2021 recruiting class.
Signing their official NCAA National letters of intent with Winona State are Janelle Stuempfig, Ray Joens, Olivia Jost and Talia Meyer.
Janelle Stuempfig, hails from Sussex, Wis., competing for Sussex-Hamilton High School where she earned All-Conference honors three times. In club volleyball — suiting up for Milwaukee Sting — Stuempfig earned 2019 AAU All-American honors and is a 2020 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Under-Armor All-America nominee. At the high school level, the 5’11” setter was a three-year team captain, state qualifier and Wisconsin scholar-athletes. Academically, Stuempfig achieved the SHHS High Honor Roll and was a Dean’s List honoree.
Janelle Stuempfig on signing with the Warriors, “Winona State is the perfect home away from home. It has a beautiful campus that allows for a perfect balance of academic and athletic opportunities. When I met the team, everyone was so welcoming which led me to the realization that I wanted to be a part of the Warrior family!”
Ray Joens is a Elkhorn, Nebraska product, where she patrolled the right side for Elkhorn High School. Joens earned three All-State honors in her career, claiming All-State Honorable Mention in 2017, Second Team status in 2018, and First Team accolades in 2019 for EHS. In club volleyball, the 6’2” right-sided hitter played for the Nebraska Elite Volleyball club within the AAU circuit. Off the court, Joens earned a Best Artist of the Year award in Nebraska State Journalism competition.
Ray Joens on signing with WSU, “I chose Winona State University and Warrior volleyball, because of the environment; it felt as if I was already home.”
Olivia Jost, a libero from Crystal Lake, Illinois, competed for Prairie Ridge High School and Balance Volleyball Club. The 5’6” Jost made the AVCA Under Armor All-American watchlist, as well as being a two-time Phenom list honoree. She also earned the “Hustle Award” at Prairie Ridge in her junior and senior seasons.
Olivia Jost on signing with Winona State, “I chose WSU because I could visualize myself there for the next four years. Everyone there was so welcoming, and it really just felt like home to me.”
Talia Meyer, a middle-hitter from Tremont, Ill., rounds out the Warrior 2020 class. The 5’10” Meyer earned the Offensive MVP award at Tremont High School in 2019 and was a Heart of Illinois All-Conference selection as well. In track and field, Meyer was an Illinois High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) state qualifier in the long jump. As a senior, Meyer racked up 200 kills.
Talia Meyer on signing with the Warriors, “I chose WSU because I knew it was the right place for me. The volleyball team and coaches brought me in and treated me like family even though I did not know them. I also chose Winona State because it provided the tools needed to fit my academic needs, and my life goals.”
When asked about the 2021 Warrior recruiting class, coach Getzin stated, “We are very excited about this year recruiting class. We believe that these young ladies can help us achieve our goals of winning championships and will add depth to our roster for years to come. They have all played at high level with some of the best clubs in the Midwest. The experience they collectively bring to the court should help us immediately.”