NSU Announces Seven Signees for Next Season’s Volleyball Squad

ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) – Northern State University head coach Brent Aldridge announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent today. The class of Riley Batta (Rockwell City, IA), Ayvrie Kaiser (Pierre, SD), Corbyn Menz (Delano, MN), Carsyn Mettler (Rapid City, SD), Sara Moberg (Champlin, MN), A’Lailah Perry (Algona, IA), and Morissen Samuels (Harrisburg, SD) will join the Wolves in the fall of 2023.

“The 2023 recruiting class has big shoes to fill to make up for the void left by Sally Gaul, Taylor Buckley, Laura Ochsner and Leah Koltz,” explained Aldridge. “That being said, I think assistant coach Holly Vancura and I have addressed the depth issues at the outside and right side hitter position along with a primary passer.”

Riley Batta is a 5-foot-11, outside hitter out of South Central Calhoun. She was a 4-year starter and team captain for the Titans under the direction of head coach Mark Schaefer. Batta tallied over 1000 kills, 700 digs, 100 blocks, and 100 aces in her prep career. She is a 3-time all-conference selection, 3-time all-rewind honoree, an all-region, all-district, and all-state pick, and the 2021 Rewind Player of the Year. She is the daughter of Curtis and Julie Batta.

Carsyn Mettler is a 5-foot-11, right side/setter out of Rapid City Stevens High School. She was a 3-year starter and team captain for the Raiders under the direction of head coach Elizabeth Pentagraf. In 2022, Mettler was named to the All-Tournament team for the Nebraska Tournament in Scotssbluff. She is the daughter of Tara and Derek Mettler.

Morissen Samuels is a 6-foot-1, right side hitter out of Harrisburg High School. She was a 4-year starter and team captain for the Tigers under the direction of head coach Ronette Costain. Samuels tallied over 800 career kills, 375 career digs, and 225 career blocks. She is an ESD All-Conference honoree and 3-time state participant. She is the daughter of Nicolle and Shane Samuels.

“With the additions of Morissen Samuels, Carsyn Mettler and Riley Batta we have brought in size and the ability to terminate on the right side pin,” noted Aldridge. “The impact will be felt immediately, not only in practice but also the opportunity to get on the court next fall. Trying to fill the void left by Sally Gaul will be a challenge that these three will compete daily with current players for the spot.”

Ayvrie Kaiser is a 6-foot, outside hitter out of T.F. Riggs High School. She was a 3-year starter and team captain for the Governors under the direction of head coach Tiffany Stoeser. Kaiser recorded over 700 kills and 450 digs in her prep career. She is a 2-time all-conference selection, all-state honoree, and prep All-American. She is the daughter of Kim and Bill Kaiser.

Corbyn Menz is a 5-foot-10, outside hitter out of Delano High School. She was a 3-year starter and team captain for the Tigers under the direction of head coach Becca Rue. As a senior, Menz recorded 428 kills, bringing her career total to just over 900. Menz is a 4-time all-conference selection, 3-time all-state team member, 2-time all-area first team pick, an AVCA All-Region recipient, an AAU Academic All-American, and a member of the AVCA Phenom and All-America Watch List. She is the daughter of Landon and Maria Menz.

A’Lailah Perry is a 5-foot-11, outside hitter out of Algona High School. She was a 4-year starter and team captain for the Bulldogs under the direction of head coach Melissa Birkey. Perry accumulated over 875 kills, 600 digs, 150 blocks, and 65 aces in her high school career. She was a 2-time all-conference and all-area selection. She is the daughter of Beth and Corey Johnson and Kim and Vince Perry.

Aldridge continued, “We also went out and got three outside hitters. Corbyn Menz, A’Lailah Perry and Ayvrie Kaiser will add depth and will also push for time on the floor next fall. All three have the ability to terminate and then they all have a different strengths and skill sets as individuals. There are opportunities available with the loss of Taylor Buckley to graduation.”

Sara Moberg is a 5-foot-10, libero/defensive specialist out of Champlin Park High School. She was a 2-year starter and team captain for the Rebels under the direction of head coach John Yunker. Moberg averaged over 3.0 digs per set in her prep career and added over 50 aces. Champlin Park won the Northwest Suburban Conference Championship in 2021 and Moberg is an all-conference selection. In addition, she is a member of the AVCA All-America Watch List. She is the daughter of Joel and Julie Moberg.

“We are also addressing the loss of starting defensive specialist Laura Ochsner with Sara Moberg,” Aldridge said. “Sara is long for her defensive specialist position and actually hit on the outside for her high school team. She has also played multiple backrow positions and that experience will come in handy as she competes with our returning core.”

Aldridge added, “We must also address the loss of middle hitter Leah Koltz. Leah’s ability to terminate in the MB1 and MB2 position will be hard to replace. We have started the process of recruiting that position. We will look to add two more players total so this is going to be a big class that we will look to get them up to speed quickly in the fall. The future is bright for Wolves volleyball.”