DENTON (4/15/04) North Texas volleyball head coach Cassie Headrick has announced that Jessica Hulsebosch, a 5-10 outside hitter/libero from Klein High School in Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent to play with the Mean Green.
Hulsebosch had an outstanding senior season at Klein HS, earning First Team All-District recognition and the high school’s MVP award. The team captain in 2003, she recorded 220 kills, 197 digs, 37 blocks (16 solo) and 19 service aces. She is listed among Who’s Who In Sports and has a career-high 22 kills.
As a junior, she was a Second Team All-District selection and helped lead Klein to the final four in the state tournament with a 33-9 record. Her sophomore campaign she was named Honorable Mention All-District.
“Jessica has been a hard worker,” said Klein High School head coach Cindy Miksch. “She made varsity her sophomore year and played several positions for us. She is a hard worker with a positive attitude and will do anything you ask of her.”
Hulsebosch currently plays club ball for Texas Tornados 18 Nike Team, which is currently ranked the No. 1 18’s team in the state. She has played club ball for six seasons, qualifying for Junior Nationals in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
“Jessica has been a leader of our team this entire season,” said Texas Tornados 18 Nike Team head coach Chuck Schneider. “Her maturity and focus help our team achieve success. Her volleyball skills are strong, as well as her attitude and character. North Texas is getting a tremendous player and a wonderful person.”
“Jessica played outside hitter for her Klein High School team but plays Libero only for her club team,” said Headrick. “Having such a young team next year, we are in definite need of ball control and that is what attracted us to Jessica. Jessica is a leader on a very successful club team and her experience is going to immediately be a great help here at North Texas . She is taller than many liberos in today’s game and we feel that allows for her to reach many balls that shorter athletes may be unable to reach. She also has experience hitting on the outside, so that will allow us to have a third outside hitter if needed in injury situations.”
Hulsebosch is the fifth in-state player to sign with the Mean Green for the 2004 season. She joins Ashley Bass ( Bedford ), Brooke Engel ( New Braunfels ), Katy Prokof (Waxahachie) and Erica Wendell ( New Braunfels ) in the class.
Bass is a 6-0 setter from L.D. Bell High School , Engel a 6-0 right side/outside hitter that attended Canyon High School , Prokof a 5-11 outside hitter that competed at Waxahachie High School and Wendell a middle blocker for nationally-ranked New Braunfels High School .
“Jessica is part of an incoming class that we are very proud to bring to the court next year and feel is one of the strongest recruiting classes ever for this volleyball program,” said Headrick.