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Tom Mix, Published November 14 2012

Central Cass' Dooley commits to UND volleyball

CASSELTON, N.D. – Central Cass junior Faith Dooley has verbally committed to play volleyball at the University of North Dakota.

The 6-foot-3 middle hitter made the decision on Wednesday.

“I just really liked their volleyball team and their campus,” Dooley said. “It seemed like home there.

“The coaches and team were really nice and friendly. It reminded me of the team I was on this year, and I liked that a lot.”

Dooley led the Squirrels with 326 kills and 131 blocks this fall.

“Being 6-foot-3 makes a world of difference on the court,” Central Cass head coach Bridget Stowers said. “Faith is a really hard worker. She is athletic and strong. You can just tell by looking at her she is a strong player. For being 6-3, she is not that awkward tall.”

Stowers said Central Cass has had several players try out for UND’s practice squad, but Dooley is the first Squirrels volleyball player to be actively recruited at the Division I level.

Dooley is the third recent athlete in The Forum’s coverage area to commit to an NCAA Division I volleyball program.

Kindred senior outside hitter Kellie Schmit officially signed with UND on Wednesday. Fargo North senior Kira Larson signed her NCAA national letter of intent on Wednesday to play at Nebraska.

UND has six players on its active roster that are from North Dakota.

“I like that they are keeping the North Dakota team with North Dakota players,” Dooley said. “I played against a lot of those girls, and it is cool to think I could play with them.”

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