Nov. 20, 2012
University of Minnesota head volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon has announced that Eden Prairie, Minn., native Sarah Wilhite has signed a National Letter of Intent and will play with the Golden Gopher volleyball program in the fall of 2013.
"We're very excited that Sarah has chosen to stay in the state of Minnesota and join the Golden Gopher volleyball program," McCutcheon said. "Sarah is a talented outside hitter with impeccable credentials from both her high school and club teams. She will be a great addition to our program and we gladly welcome her to the Gopher family."
A 6-foot, 1-inch outside hitter, Wilhite plays for Eden Prairie High School and the Northern Lights Volleyball Club. Wilhite capped off her high school career as the 2012 Baden Minnesota Miss Volleyball recipient, which is given to the top senior volleyball player in the state. In her final year with the Eagles, she broke the team's season kill record with 667 kills and finished her career with 1,987 kills. A two-time first-team all-state selection, Wilhite was also named to both first-team all-metro in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press. As a junior, Wilhite led Eden Prairie to its first ever Class AAA state title when she had 33 kills in the championship match and 80 in tournament. A two-time honoree of the Minnesota State Volleyball All-Tournament team, she was also named Minnesota's 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year. A two-time team captain and the team's three-time most valuable player, she also was a four-time All-Lake Conference selection. With Northern Lights, Wilhite helped the 17-1's win the open division of the USA Junior National Championships in July of 2012. Between her high school and club team, she has earned multiple All-America honors, including last week's AVCA Under Armour Girls High School First Team All-America team. An academic all-state selection, Wilhite holds a 3.89 grade point average and is the daughter of Mark and Amy Wilhite.
"I am so thrilled with the opportunity to be a Gopher volleyball player," Wilhite said. "I am drawn by the outstanding coaches, my future teammates, their vision for excellence that encompasses all areas of life, and everything that the University of Minnesota has to offer, right here in my home town. My heart and my head led me here, and in this week of Thanksgiving, I am very grateful."
Wilhite marks the fifth NLI signing for Gopher volleyball this fall. She joins Tyler-Marie "Kalei" Mau (Kahaluu, Hawaii), Katie Schau (Richland, Mich.), Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.) and Paige Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.)
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