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New to Vandament Arena: Powerhouse Calumet’s Helen Beiring among 8 incoming freshmen on Northern Michigan University volleyball team

Calumet’s Helen Beiring, center right, attempts to spike the ball over an Iron Mountain defender during their MHSAA Division 3 regional volleyball match held at Westwood High School on Nov. 9, 2021. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — An Upper Peninsula high school standout is among the eight new freshmen joining the volleyball team at Northern Michigan University this fall, Wildcats head coach Mike Lozier reported last week.

The incoming group also includes two players from the Lower Peninsula, two from Minnesota and one each from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

The Wildcats are coming off a successful 23-9 season in 2022 that included an at-large berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

NMU will open its season for the second straight year with a mid-August exhibition on Mackinac Island against NCAA Division I Central Michigan University. This year’s match is set for noon on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Mackinac Island Public Schools Gymnasium.

The Wildcats’ entire volleyball roster can be found online at https://nmuwildcats.com/sports/womens-volleyball/roster, its schedule at https://nmuwildcats.com/sports/womens-volleyball/schedule and season tickets at https://nmu.universitytickets.com/w/packages/PackageDetail.aspx?PackageNewID=154.

Calumet's Helen Beiring, center, watches a play made by teammate Madelyn Torola, right, as she moves in for a bump while Kayle Halonen readies to back her up during an MHSAA Division 3 regional tournament match played against Bark River-Harris and held at Westwood High School on Nov. 8. (Journal photo by Alexandria Bournonville)

Single-game tickets go on sale starting Aug. 1.

The U.P. standout among the incoming freshmen is Helen Beiring, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter from Calumet.

The Copper Kings have been a powerhouse in U.P. high school volleyball for numerous years and Beiring was one of Calumet’s top players after she was named West PAC Player of the Year following her junior and senior seasons while also earning first team all-state and first team all-region. She was also West PAC First Team as a sophomore.

“I actually first met Helen at our summer camp last year,” Lozier said in an NMU news release about the new freshmen. “She has a very heavy arm swing that will translate well to our level of play.

“I cannot wait to start working with her in the gym to help her realize her potential as a volleyball player.”

Here are profiles of the other recruits:

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Remi Madison — A 5-10 outside hitter from Grand Blanc High Schol and the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy, she reached the 1,000-kill milestone as a junior and was third team all-state as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior.

In each of those seasons, Madison was first team all-conference, first team all-region and her team’s MVP. As a senior, she was conference MVP and a candidate for player of the year.

“I am so excited to be adding Remi to Northern Michigan Volleyball,” Lozier said. “I watched her grow as a volleyball player over the last few years, and it was clear that she was going to raise the competitiveness of whatever program she joined. I am just happy it is ours.”

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Lauren Cardwell — A 5-6 defensive specialist from Joliet, Illinois, Catholic Academy and the Uno Volleyball Club, she led her team to a fourth-place finish as a junior and third place as a senior. She was team captain as a senior and earned the Angel of the Year award at Joliet Catholic.

“What first drew me to Lauren was her court presence,” Lozier said. “She has a contagious positive energy when she plays, and I know that will fit right in with our gym culture.

“As a defensive specialist she will help elevate our defense and passing.”

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Emilia Gulock — A 6-foot middle blocker from downstate Dimondale where she played for Lansing Catholic High School and the L2 Volleyball Club, she was named all-state third team, to the Lansing State Journal Dream Team and to all-region and all-district teams.

“The first thing I noticed when I watched Emi play was her athleticism and the quickness of her arm swing,” Lozier said. “She will fit in really well with our other middles who also have similar qualities.

“From getting to know Emi through the recruiting process she is not only going to elevate our play, but our culture as well.”

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Kaysie Bakke — A 6-2 outside hitter from Forest Lake, Minnesota, High School and Kokoro Volleyball Club, she was all-conference as a senior and helped her team win a sectional championship as a junior, when she earned all-conference honorable mention.

“Kaysie is one of those athletes that draws you in with her personality,” Lozier said. “You can tell when you watch her play that she understands how to be a part of a successful program.

“She clearly is talented enough to compete at our level, and I look forward to watching her grow during her time in our program.”

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Liesl Haugen — A 5-7 defensive specialist from Maple Grove, Minnesota, Senior High School and Minnesota Select Volleyball, she was named an AAU All-American and selected to all-state, all-conference, and all-area teams.

“Liesl is someone who really won me over on her visit to campus,” Lozier said. “She had a very positive energy, but also clearly was a competitor.

“Part of succeeding at the highest possible level is having the athletes that are willing to do the work and have the drive. I believe Liesl brings both of those qualities to our gym.”

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Sydney Bartels — A 5-10 outside hitter from Freedom, Wisconsin, High School and the Fox Cities Elite club, she was a Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association all-state honorable mention after her senior and sophomore seasons, also winning American Volleyball Coaches Association Best and Brightest First Team as a senior.

She was first team all-conference as a junior and senior, second team as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman. Bartels, a three-year captain at her high school, was also team offensive MVP all four years and overall MVP once while helping her team winning a regional championship as a sophomore.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to train Sydney,” Lozier said. “She switched positions during her time in high school, and she has so much potential in her new position as a pin.

“She already has the skills to compete at our level, and with continued development she will thrive.”

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Allie Barlow — A 5-9 setter from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jefferson High School and the Iowa Rockets, she is the only Iowa native for the Wildcats after she was a three-year member of the 5A All-District Team.

Barlow was second team all-state as a senior and honorable mention all-state as a junior, making the All-Metro First Team and all-conference first team for three years.

As a freshman, she received all-conference and All-Metro honorable mention honors.

“I am so impressed with Allie’s maturity,” Lozier said. “Being a setter is a very challenging position. Your responsibilities are just greater than others on the court. Being able to manage emotions of both yourself and others is key to being successful.

“Watching Allie compete during her club season made it very clear to me that she will have a very successful collegiate career.”

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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