Two Signees Added To Volleyball Class

Mike Gawlik, who is entering his second season in charge of the CMU volleyball program, announced the signing of two recruits on Friday..
April 14, 2017

Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan volleyball coach Mike Gawlik announced on Friday the addition of two signees to the Chippewas' Class of 2017.

Kalina Smith, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter/setter from Powell, Wyo., and Hannah Warners, a 5-8 libero/defensive specialist from Grand Rapids, will join the program for the 2017 season.

Smith and Warners will join three players - Grace Butler of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Lyza Myers of Napoleon, and Miani Bolden of Homewood, Ill. - who signed in November.

Warners helped lead Grand Rapids Christian to a Class A state semifinal appearance in 2015, and earned the team Most Valuable Player Award in 2016, along with All-Ottawa-Kent Conference Gold Division honors. She also lettered in soccer.

"Hannah Warners has a smooth and seamless style to her play," Gawlik said. "She is a fierce competitor, but also has a calm and soft touch on the ball that comes from her years of experience.  We are excited to have her join our talented back court and are looking forward to see what she'll do in Maroon and Gold."

Smith, who is set to graduate from Campbell (Wyo.) County High School this spring, was named the Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year in both volleyball and basketball during her senior year. She also earned All-America honors from PrepVolleyball.com and was a member of two track & field relay teams - the 4x100 and the 4x400 -- that won Wyoming state titles in 2016.

"Kalina Smith is a dynamic athlete that has excelled both on the volleyball and basketball courts, and on the track," Gawlik said. "She's a high flyer with a great arm. One of the things that drew us to her was her contagious smile. Kalina is the daughter of a volleyball coach and practically grew up in the gym."

Kalina Smith • Outside Hitter/Setter • 5-10 • Powell, Wyo./Campbell County HS
Four-year letterwinner ... earned two letters at Powell High School and two at Campbell County High School ... led Powell to state championship in 2013 and a regional title in 2014 ... earned both all-conference and All-State honors all four years in high school ... selected as the 2016 Wyoming Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year ... named to PrepVolleyball.com All-American team in 2016 ... voted as the 2016 Wyoming Class 4A Player of the Year ... named Wyoming Class 4A East Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 ... named to PrepVolleyball.com Frosh 59 list in 2013 ... voted as the 2017 Wyoming Basketball Player of the Year ... earned basketball All-State honors three times ... ran a leg on state champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams in 2016 ... played for Powell Volleyball Club, WyoMix Volleyball Club, and Powder River Volleyball Club.

Hannah Warners • Libero/Defensive Specialist • 5-8 • Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS
Three-year letterwinner ... named team Most Valuable Player and served as team captain during senior year  ... helped lead the Eagles to Class A district and regional championships and the state semifinals in 2015 ... named to All-Ottawa-Kent Conference Gold Division team in 2016 ... also lettered in soccer ... played with Dead Frogs and Far Out volleyball clubs.
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