DENTON, Texas (4/16/10) - Katie Fritzler, a versatile middle blocker from Sterling, Colo., became the first National Letter of Intent signee for North Texas volleyball's new coach Kenneth Murczek on Friday.
Fritzler earned All-Northern League First-Team honors in each of the last two seasons at Sterling High School and has experience at almost every position on the floor.
"Katie is the prototypical student athlete that we are looking for here at North Texas," Murczek said. "She embodies character, work ethic, competitiveness and her best volleyball is yet to come. Her versatility in playing several positions will also put her in position to compete for a starting role right away."
Fritzler plays for Colorado Performance Volleyball Club in Denver, and participated in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Championships in Miami Beach, Fla. Fritzler was also named to the 2009 USA Volleyball Intermountain Region High-Performance Team.
Fritzler posted 329 kills for Sterling last year, as well as 48 aces, 78 blocks and 251 digs. She was also a standout in basketball and track for the Tigers.
Murczek took over the reins of the North Texas volleyball program in January, and brings a pedigree of winning at every level of competition. The former Kansas and Virginia assistant coach won national championships as a player at Arizona, and played professionally in Europe.
The Mean Green is slated to return over 90 percent of its kills from last year's squad, including one of the program's all-time top attackers in Amy Huddleston.