July 29, 2002

NKU GETS TALENTED TRANSFER

Standout volleyball player Koralewski transfers to NKU

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Kristin Koralewski, who was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in volleyball two years ago while at Northern Michigan University, has transferred to Northern Kentucky University and will play for the Norse this season.

Koralewski, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter and a native of Muskego, Wis., recorded a team-leading 354 kills in 2000 and earned GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors. She also led Northern Michigan in service aces (49) and digs (351) as a freshman to earn first team All-GLIAC honors.

“Kristin brings a great deal of experience to our program, and she is an outstanding volleyball player,” NKU head coach Carlos Chia said. “We’ve played against her and know how good she is, and it will be nice to have her on our side this season.”

Last season, Koralewski played in just six matches due to injuries and was granted a medical redshirt. She will have three years of eligibility remaining with NKU.

“Kristin has great jumping ability, and her quickness on defense makes her ideal for our program because I'm a defensive-oriented coach,” Chia said. “She was Northern Michigan’s go-to player as a freshman, and she will fit in very well here with the type of offense we run.”

Koralewski led Thomas More High School to the 1999 Wisconsin state championship. She ended her prep career as Thomas More’s all-time career leader with 1,073 kills, 515 digs and 209 service aces.

During her junior and senior seasons, Koralewski earned first team All-State honors in Wisconsin. She also was named Woodland Conference Player of the Year in 1999.

Koralewski joins an NKU team that posted a 28-5 record last season and won its fifth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference championship. The Norse also advanced to their fifth straight NCAA Division II Tournament and finished with a No. 17 ranking in the Division II poll.