VERMILLION, S.D. | University of South Dakota volleyball coach Leanne Williamson announced the addition of four players during the early signing day Wednesday.

They are Claire Gerdes of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Lolo Weideman of Center Point, Iowa; Jenna Wagemester of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Abbey Pederson of Gary, South Dakota.

“This class as a whole is one of the best all-around classes that we have ever recruited,” Williamson said. “The level that they will come in at will add to our gym in a very positive way. They are competitive, have all been a part of winning programs, and want to work to be the best that they can be.”

Gerdes is a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Cedar Falls High School. She helped the Tigers qualify for state the last two years and was a member of a state runner-up team in 2016. Gerdes has recorded 757 kills, 288 blocks and hits for a .388 percentage.

Weideman is an outside hitter/libero from Center Point-Urbana High School and three-time unanimous WaMac Conference first team selection. A four-year starter, she accumulated 1,215 kills, 1,102 digs and 147 service aces.

Wagemester, a 6-foot outside hitter from Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, earned her way onto the Iowa Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star team and helped her high school team win the Mississippi Valley Conference championship in 2016. She charted 531 kills, 63 blocks and 251 digs in three seasons.

Pederson, a setter and right side hitter who played at Canby High School. She was a two-time all-conference honoree and named to the Class A Volleyball Showcase all-tournament team in 2017. During her high school career, Pederson had 2,320 assists, 163 service aces, 998 digs and 1,103 kills.

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