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DWU men's soccer, volleyball each sign three

The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball and men's soccer program both announced their first signings for the 2009 season Thursday afternoon. Head volleyball coach Eric Viney addressed his team's need for height with Samantha Flynn and Meghan Cr...

The Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball and men's soccer program both announced their first signings for the 2009 season Thursday afternoon.

Head volleyball coach Eric Viney addressed his team's need for height with Samantha Flynn and Meghan Cronberg and a defensive specialist with Kayla O'Connell.

Jeremy Tosaya, who was hired as the men's soccer coach in December, signed three in-state players in Austin Munyon, Jarrett Klinger and Austin Brynjulson.

Viney hopes Flynn, a senior from Pierre High School, and Cronberg, a Minnesota West Community College transfer, will add height to his frontline. Flynn, a 6-foot-1 front-line player, averaged 2.6 kills and 0.7 blocks per game her senior season.

She helped Pierre rack up a 40-9 record her junior and senior seasons and back-to-back appearances in the Class AA state championship match.

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Cronberg, a 6-foot outside hitter and middle blocker, was an All-Southern Division second-team selection for MWCC in 2008. She'll have junior eligibility this fall.

O'Connell will be looked to to help replace libero Dena Kopfmann, the school's all-time digs leader. O'Connell led Philip to the 2008 Class B state title and a 64-8 record the past two seasons.

The 5-foot-4 libero was an all-state tournament team selection and, in her four-year career at Philip, racked up 992 digs and 32 ace serves. Her single-game high is 42 digs, and she recorded the third-most digs in Class B state tournament history in 2007.

"These three young ladies will bring experience on the court that we are looking to strive for within our program," Viney said in a press release. "Sam and Meghan bring size to our front line and Kayla brings a level of competitiveness and desire that is contagious."

Two of Tosaya's soccer recruits, Munyon and Klinger, were teammates at Pierre in high school.

Munyon is a defender who was a three-time all-state selectino in high school. Klinger, a forward, scored six goals and had 10 assists as a senior, and was on the all-state first team team his senior year. The duo led Pierre to the 2006 state title, and a 22-4-2 record their junior and senior seasons.

Brynjulson is a midfielder from Sioux Falls Roosevelt who helped lead the Rough Riders to a third-place state finish. Roosevelt went 10-3-2 this pase fall.

"These signings are a big first step in laying a foundation for this program," Tosaya said in a press release. "I want to build this program around the talent here in South Dakota, and that's what we did. These three guys are some of the best talent graduating in the state this year, and they will make an impact immediately to our program."

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