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Bemidji State volleyball signs pair of hitters

The Bemidji State University volleyball team announced Thursday the signing of Taylor Davis (Anchorage, Alaska) and Ashley Feldman (Baudetteto National Letters of Intent during the early signing period for 2010-11.

Davis and Feldman are both 2009 all-state members.

All BSU signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

"I'm very excited for the both of them to come to BSU because they will bring height," said head coach Laurie Bitter. "Our biggest struggles this season were at the net and both Ashley and Taylor will provide more power at the net that will help a lot for next year."

Davis (6-foot-1, middle hitter) led Diamond High School to its second straight state title last season and recorded 18 kills and 12 blocks in the championship match. She was named to the all-state tournament team for her efforts.

"Taylor can jump, set, hit, and pass, she can really do it all on the court," Bitter said. "She is going to be a very fun hitter to watch on the outside for us next season. I am really excited to bring her in."

She has also earned a letter in basketball.

"I am very excited to be attending Bemidji State University next year," Davis said. "It has always been my dream to play volleyball in college and I know that BSU will be a great place to do that."

Feldman (6-foot-2, middle hitter) was named to the 2009 Class A Minnesota State Girls Volleyball All-Tournament Team. She led Lake of the Woods to the state semifinals and was named all-state.

"I coached Ashley from the time she was a little girl all the way to the 10th grade," Bitter said. "She's not only a phenomenal player, but a phenomenal person. She is a very hardworking and coachable player with great power. If you ask her to run a mile, she'll run three."

She was Lake of the Woods' Most Valuable Player and is a four-time all-conference player. Her teams have won three section titles. Feldman also was a key member of the girls basketball team that reached the state tournament last season.

"I am very excited to become a Beaver volleyball player and I'm looking forward to playing at the next level," Feldman said. "I am thrilled to play with Courtney and Nicole again, and to meet the rest of the team."

BSU sophomore Courtney Bitter and junior Nicole Olson are graduates of Lake of the Woods high.

The Beavers (11-20, 8-12 NSIC) finished with the most wins since the 2003 team last seaosn. The Beavers finished 8-12 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, which is the most conference wins since the 2002.