A setter and a middle hitter committed to playing on the 2012 North Idaho College volleyball team recently. Shea Fahnestock, a 5-foot-10 setter from Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho, and Katie Schueman, a 6-foot-1 middle hitter from Cheney High School in Cheney, Wash., will play for the Cardinals in 2012.
Fahnestock played for Club Idaho Volleyball for seven years and made the U18 Gold Elite Team at the age of 15. She has been the team captain for the last two seasons and led her team to a 15th-place finish in the open division at Colorado Crossroads in Denver, Colo. Her team finished 30-14 this season overall and won the bid for the Junior Olympics in Orlando, Fla. in June. She helped her Eagle High School team qualify for state and played outside and right side during the season. Fahnestock led her team with the most kills, digs and assists during the season. She is the youngest of five children and is following in her siblings’ footsteps by playing college sports. She has helped coach for Club Idaho over the last three seasons and enjoys mentoring younger players.
“When I was trying to decide where was the best fit to help me improve my volleyball skills and help me prepare to move on the next level, I was very confident NIC will do just that,” Fahnestock said. “I went to many college visits and there was nothing like North Idaho College. The coaches, the girls and the location all were outstanding in every aspect.”Fahnestock lived in Coeur d’Alene for seven years before moving back to Eagle, Idaho at the age of 8 and feels that playing for NIC is just “coming home.” Shea has always loved North Idaho and chose NIC because of the quality program, excellent coaching and the prospect of contributing to a nationally ranked team.
“Shea comes from a volleyball family and has played a lot in her lifetime. Her experience will bring a lot of depth to our team,” said NIC Head Volleyball Coach Kandice Kelly.
Also recently committing to play at NIC is Katie Schueman, who has two years varsity experience and was selected to the 2011 All Great Northern League second team and voted Most Valuable Offensive Player by her teammates. She also brings academic strength with a 3.5 GPA and a 1740 SAT score.
“After Coach Kelly approached me this fall, I came out to practice and meet the team a couple of times,” Schueman said. “I was really impressed with the speed of the game and the great chemistry the team had. During the year, I talked to several other schools, but nobody even came close to the level of play at NIC. I’m really excited to be a part of this team and grow as a player with the help of Coach Kelly!”
In the most recent of her four years of Evergreen Region Club Volleyball, she played for the Splash Volleyball Club U18 National Team. They travelled this year to three national qualifiers including Colorado Crossroads, Southern California Qualifier, Pacific National Qualifier and finished second in the Evergreen Region to capture the American Bid to 2012 USAV national tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
“I love Katie’s dedication and commitment to volleyball,” Kelly said. “Her passion for the game is very obvious when she plays and even more so when she talks about playing volleyball for NIC. I have had the chance to watch her play all year and get to know her and her family. She has improved each time I have seen her play and I know only continue getting better,” Kelly said. “We have a lot of middle hitters coming in and Katie will definitely be competing for that starting spot.”