GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- University of North Dakota head volleyball coach Mark Pryor announced the signing of Taylor Riedl to a National Letter of Intent on the first day of the spring signing period Wednesday. Riedl, a 6-foot outside hitter from the Laguna Beach, Calif., area, will join the reigning Big Sky Conference's regular season and tournament champions for next season.
"We knew that we were going to have depth at the middle, right, back row and setting positions, but one area we wanted to really focus on was finding another left side with real athleticism," Pryor said. "We found our fit in sunny Southern California.
"When Taylor came on her visit, I heard her say to one of our team members 'hey, do you want to see the elk I got on our last hunt?' I instantly thought we had a solid chance to get her here. Then she talked about a car she was restoring, and tells me, 'all we've really dug into so far is the body work.' Our staff looks at each other and is like, 'how did we end up recruiting the daughter of the most interesting man in the world?' If there was one kid down there that would be a fit, we found her."
Riedl was a First Team All-Sea View League player and was part of the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club, which is sending nine athletes to NCAA Division I schools just this upcoming year alone. She was named the co-Most Valuable Player of her high school league, leading the Dana Hills Dolphins to an 18-9 record this past season.
"Taylor plays on of the most elite club teams in the nation," Pryor added. "She will be a freshman this fall, but once she is immersed in the culture with our program, she can have a real positive impact on our future here. We are excited to add her."
Riedl will help UND in its defense of its Big Sky title. North Dakota, which is an impressive 73-32 in Pryor's three seasons, tied the school record for wins with 26 last season en route to its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. Four players were named all-conference in 2016 and three return, including UND's first All-American (senior Sydney Griffin) along with fellow classmates Faith Dooley and Tamara Merseli.