Lander head volleyball coach Ashley Stathas announced that Kendall Korte, a 5-8 outside hitter/libero from Morris Community High School in Morris, Ill., and Kristen Dodge, a 5-10, setter from Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers with the Bearcats next season.
Korte was named the 2012 Morris Daily Herald's 2012 Player of the Year and was also selected to the Joliet Herald News All-Area team, and first team All-Northern Illinois Big 12. A four-year starter who led her team in kills and digs, she was All-Area four times.
A member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, and the Spanish Club, Korte is also a Straight A Honor Roll student. During her career she had 880 digs and 740 kills.
"(Kendall) is a great all around player," said Stathas, who earned Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors during her first season on the Lander bench. "She is a very strong serve receiver and defensive player and has the vertical to play very big in the front row as well."
Dodge, her team's Most Valuable Player the past two seasons, is a three-time All-Region 2-AAAA player, was a South Carolina Coaches Association for Women's Sports (SCCAWS) All-State recipient, was named to the 2012 SCCAWSS North/South Team, was named twice to the Nations Ford Invitational All-Tournament team, was slected to the 2011 Spartanburg Herald Journal All-Area Team, and was an eight-time USAV All-Palmetto Region selection.
During her career, Dodge had 1,202 assists, 507 digs, 494 kills, 190 service aces and 77 blocks.
"Kristen runs a very fast-paced offense and is a great competitor," added Stathas.