GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- University of North Dakota head volleyball coach Mark Pryor announced Tuesday that local standout Madi Hart (Langdon, N.D.) has committed to UND to continue her education and playing career.
"Any time we can add an athletic, hard-working small-town North Dakota kid, we are going to do that," Pryor said. "Our program has been built on blue collar work ethic, and Madi will add to that."
The versatile Hart earned all-state recognition her final three prep seasons as a hitter, registering more than 1,500 career kills. Hart was the first seventh-grader to play varsity volleyball at Langdon-Munich-Edmore and helped lead the Cardinals to a state runner-up finish as a junior. This past season, the Cards took third place at the North Dakota State Class B Tournament.
She recently played on the North Dakota Optimists all-star volleyball series, which features outstanding 2016 high school seniors from eastern North Dakota matched up against a team from out west.
"Madi will continue a trend for us of having a very athletic and explosive back row," Pryor said. "Madi is a natural passer, and she has the work ethic to be an elite defender. As we have a large number of seniors this fall, she will really be able to help us in the spring of 2018 as we retool our back row, and prepare for The Summit League."
Hart plans to join the team in the 2018 winter semester.