Volleyball Team Inks Two to National Letters of Intent
Nov. 15, 2004
GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado head women's volleyball coach Ron Alexander announced the signings of two athletes to national letters of intent on Monday. Liz Franz (Denver, Colo./Heritage H.S.) and Kenzie Shreeve (Eagle, Colo./Eagle Valley H.S.) will both join the Bears program beginning in the fall of 2005.
"We are pleased to announce the signing to two student-athletes to national letters of intent," Alexander said. "These athletes will be charged with carrying on the tradition of excellence established by the Northern Colorado volleyball program. Bear fans will enjoy watching these two talented student-athletes over the course of their careers at UNC."
Franz was a 5A honorable mention all-state performer as a junior at Heritage High and this season has helped her team to a 26-4 record, perfect 11-0 mark in the Continental League and league, district and regional championships. Franz led her team to the 5A state semifinals in 2004, as the Eagles lost to the eventual champions Grandview; for her efforts she was named to the All-Tournament team. Franz is the captain of her varsity team and member of the prestigious Front Range Volleyball Club. Her club team placed 15th at the Junior Olympics in 2003 and 23rd at the Junior Olympics in 2004. Franz also ran one season of track and was a 5A state qualifier in the 4x400 relay her freshman season. She did not begin playing volleyball until her freshman year of high school.
"Liz will bring explosive athleticism to our program," Alexander said. "She comes to us from one of the top volleyball clubs in the nation. Liz presents the same type of athleticism that we will lose with Erin Deffenbaugh's departure from our program. She recently touched 9'11" and will give us the flexibility to look at her in the middle blocking position or at either antennae. Liz is also a solid performer in the classroom, which is a trademark of our student-athletes."
Shreeve has been a two-time 3A all-state selection at Eagle Valley High and was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore and has been a multi-year winner of the Western Slope Conference Player of the Year award. Shreeve also excels on the hardwood and earned honorable mention all-state honors with the Devils basketball team last winter as well. A three-time all-league selection in volleyball she was an all-state academic pick her junior season. She also participated in track and field and was a member of the 4x800 relay team that placed seventh in the state last season.
"Kenzie is a great signing for our program and we see big things for her in our program," Alexander added. "She gives us that much needed size (6'2") in the outside hitting position as we continue to advance to the Division I level, a need our coaching staff identified we need at the position. Kenzie brings the rare combination of size and power to compete against the bigger block of Division I programs and also has solid ball control for an athlete of her height. She too is very solid in the classroom."
Northern Colorado is in the midst of a reclassification process to Division I. The Bears finished the 2004 season with a 25-9 overall record and finished third at the D-I Independent Championships.
Liz Franz - 5'11 - Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter - Denver, Colo. (Heritage H.S.)
* Letterwinner at Heritage High and member of prestigious Front Range Volleyball Club team.
* 2004 5A All-State Tournament team.
* 2003 5A honorable mention all-state selection.
* This season has helped her team to a 26-4 record, 11-0 mark in the Continental League and league, district and regional championships. Her team was a state semifinalist, losing to the eventual 5A state champion.
* Front Range Club team finished 15th at Junior Olympics in 2003 and 23rd in 2004.
* Ran one year of track in high school, qualifying for state meet in the 4x400 relay her freshman season.
* Daughter of William Franz and Laura Evans. Undecided on college major but may pick sports medicine or nursing.
Kenzie Shreeve - 6'2 - Outside Hitter - Eagle, Colo. (Eagle Valley H.S.)
* Four-year letterwinner at Eagle Valley High.
* Two-time first-team 3A all-state selection in volleyball and honorable mention selection her sophomore season.
* Multi-year winner of the Western Slope Conference Player of the Year award.
* Honorable mention 3A all-state selection in basketball as a junior and two-time all-league choice.
* Also participated in track and was member of 4x800 relay team that placed eighth at state meet during her junior year.
* Academic All-State selection in 2003.
* Daughter of Jeff and Susan Shreeve. Intends to major in art/graphic design.