University of Northern Iowa head volleyball coach Bobbi Petersen has announced the signing of two players.
Petersen has added Taylor Allen (New Berlin, Wis./Brookfield East HS) and Kelcie Shields (Mount Ayr, Iowa/Mount Ayr HS) to the 2017 Panther volleyball roster.
"We are extremely excited to have two additions to our 2017 recruiting
class," Petersen said. "Taylor and Kelcie are great athletes, with
strong work ethics, a hunger to compete, and have a high commitment to
academics, all of which are very important to Panther volleyball. We
feel that Taylor and Kelcie have the potential to add depth to
multiple positions on the court for us and we are excited to get them
training in our gym this fall. We are thrilled to have both of them
and their families a part of our program and our Panther volleyball
Allen (6'1" – Middle Hitter) earned all-state honorable mention honors as a senior. She served as team captain and helped lead Brookfield East to its first conference championship. Allen posted 186 kills, 104 blocks (50 solos), while hitting .330 as a senior for the Spartans. She was named a second-team all-Great Metro Conference player in 2016. Allen plans to major in education at UNI. She is the daughter of Kevin and Diane Allen.
Shields (6'2" – Middle Hitter) was a two-time third-team all-state pick as a junior and a senior at Mount Ayr High School. She was also a two-time all-district pick. Shields was a four-time all-conference honoree in the Pride of Iowa Conference. She set school records for kills in a season (393) and kills in a single match (27). She tallied 55 service aces as a freshman, including 12 in a single match. Shields set school mark for blocks in a match (11). She was a two-time first-team all-state honoree in basketball. Shields set school career scoring record with 1,238 points … She also set season scoring mark with 515 points and blocked 201 shots. She played on two conference championship squads in volleyball. Shields was a member of a state tournament qualifier in girls basketball in 2016. She is planning to major in athletic training at UNI. She is the daughter of Josh and Julie Shields and Christi and Matt Shurvington.