DENTON, Texas – Former University of South Carolina and Kansas City high school standout Hanna Forst has signed a North Texas scholarship and will suit up for the Mean Green volleyball team in 2012.
Forst, who piled up 116 kills and 123 digs for the Gamecocks last season, was a key part of the St. James Academy volleyball dynasty in Kansas City that culminated in a 44-1 record and the program’s third straight Kansas state 4A championship.
The 5-10 outside hitter teamed up with current North Texas setter Liz Powell and Kansas City Power Volleyball Club to win the 2009 USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Open 16 national championship.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Hanna on board for this upcoming season,” said North Texas head coach Ken Murczek. “I recruited her heavily in my time at the University of Kansas because I knew what kind of player she was not just on the court, but in the classroom and in the community as well. She already has a great relationship with our setter, Liz, and the fit couldn’t have been better for everyone involved.”
Forst played in 72 sets for USC last year, and has three seasons of eligibility remaining. She ranked third on the team with .10 services aces per set, and she was among the defensive leaders with 1.71 digs per set.
She hit .433 while landing 15 kills against Winthrop, which ties for the second most by a South Carolina player in 2011. She also posted a dozen kills against Alabama, Charleston and Temple. On the defensive side of the ball, Forst tallied four double-digit dig outings, including a career-best 15 against Charleston.
At St. James, she posted 475 kills, nearly five per set, while hitting .446 and adding 255 digs during her senior campaign which ended in her winning the Evelyn Gates Award, given to the best volleyball player in the Kansas City area. The three-time All-State honoree was even named the school’s homecoming queen as a senior.
She joins a North Texas squad that advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals for a second straight season, and posted consecutive .500 seasons for the first time since the founding of the program in 1976 and 1977.