Nov. 14, 2012
University of Minnesota head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon introduces his first recruiting class at the helm of the program and has announced the signing of four athletes to National Letters of Intent. Minnesota welcomes Tyler-Marie "Kalei" Mau (Kahaluu, Hawaii), Katie Schau (Richland, Mich.), Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.) and Paige Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.) to the Golden Gopher program starting in the fall of 2013.
"We're excited to have Kalei, Katie, Hannah and Paige join the Golden Gopher Volleyball family," McCutcheon said. "Not only are they talented athletes, but outstanding individuals who also excel in the classroom. This is a versatile group with a great work ethic and we look forward to working with them next year."
Mau, a 6-foot, 1-inch outside hitter, currently plays with the Asics Rainbows Volleyball Club. With her club team, Mau competed in multiple tournaments, including a second-place showing at the 2012 Las Vegas Classic, and a 22nd place of 140 finish at the 2012 AAU Tournament in Orlando. A SCVA Anaheim qualifier with Rainbows in 2011, she is in the same club team as former Gopher Lindsey Berg. Prior to her time with her club team, Mau was a standout with St. Francis High School when she helped lead her team to a state championship in 2011. A part of the all-state tournament team, Mau had 10 kills, five digs and hit .292 in the championship match. She was named a first-team ILH Division II in 2011, honorable mention in 2010 and athlete of the year in 2009. The daughter of Lynette Mau and Steven Mau, she will graduate from Henry Kaiser High School in December, is an honor roll student and a National Honor Society member.
"My biggest goal growing up was to play volleyball at the highest level," Mau said. "To do that, I had to gain the strength to leave my islands and play in the mainland to pursue my dream. I was incredibly blessed with the opportunity to play for the University of Minnesota. Learning about the school and the volleyball program, I immediately fell in love. When I finally to got to visit, I was in awe! My future teammates, they are all an inspiration to me and I couldn't ask for a better coaching staff. It is truly an honor to play for Hugh McCutcheon, the U.S. National head coach. I wouldn't want to spend the most important years of my life anywhere but at the University of Minnesota."
Schau, a 5-foot, 8-inch setter, plays for Gull Lake High School and the Dead Frog Volleyball Club. With Dead Frog in 2010, she earned All-America honors when she helped her 15U team to a fifth-place out of 171 team finish. Along with being named a prepvolleyball.com All-American, Schau was also named a first-team all-state selection in 2011. A second-team all-state selection in 2010, Schau was an all-conference honoree in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Named to Michigan's 2012 Ms. Volleyball list, Schau had nearly 5,000 assists in her high school career. In 2011, the Blue Devils were conference champions and state quarterfinalists. She followed up with another conference championship in 2012 and ranked No. 1 in the state. Holding a 4.1 grade point average, she is also a National Honor Society member and is the daughter of Steven and Gina Schau.
"Minnesota seemed like an awesome place to play," Schau said. "I loved the environment and there is such a great coaching staff. I couldn't pass up an opportunity like this."
Hannah Tapp, a 6-foot, 2-inch middle blocker, plays with Stewartville High School and the Mizuno Northern Lights Volleyball Club. A first-team, all-state selection in both her junior and senior seasons, Tapp was also named a Ms. Baden Volleyball finalist. Named an all-conference selection her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Tapp helped the Tigers to a state runner up title in 2011 in which she was also named to the all-tournament team. In the 2010 season, Tapp and the Stewartville Tigers finished third in state and also named to the all-tournament team. With Northern Lights, Tapp helped the 17-1's win the open division of the USA Junior National Championships in July of 2012. Earning academic all-state honors, Tapp holds a 4.0 grade point average and is also on the academic honor roll. She is the daughter of Tracy and Amy Tapp and the twin sister of fellow signee, Paige Tapp.
"I chose Minnesota because it was the best fit for me," Hannah Tapp said. "I thought it was the most well rounded school, when considering both academics along with athletics. I'm very excited to be a part of their phenomenal program."
Paige Tapp, a 6-foot, 1-inch middle blocker, also plays with Stewartville High School and the Mizuno Northern Lights Volleyball Club. A first-team, all-state selection her senior year, Tapp was also named a Ms. Baden Volleyball finalist. Named an all-conference selection her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Tapp helped the Tigers to a state runner up title in 2011 in which she was also named to the all-tournament team. With Tapp's help, the Tigers also finished third in the 2010 state tournament. As a member of Northern Lights, Tapp aided the 17-1's to a national championship at the USA Junior National Championships in July of 2012. Holding a 4.0 grade point average, she has been on the honor roll since her freshman year. Tapp is also a state participant in the high jump her sophomore and junior seasons. She is the daughter of Tracy and Amy Tapp and the twin sister of fellow signee, Hannah Tapp.
"I chose the University of Minnesota because I believe it was the best fit for my future academically and athletically," Paige Tapp said. "I fell in love with all aspects of the U and knew that it was the right place for me. I love the coaching staff, the players, and the volleyball program that I will get to join next year! I could not be more excited to become a Gopher!"
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