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Volleyball

NIU signs former Kaneland, Daily Chronicle player of the year Jablonski

Kaneland player Katie Jablonski receives serve in the Burlington Central Regional tournament on Tuesday night.  Steve Bittinger - For Shaw Media
Kaneland player Katie Jablonski receives serve in the Burlington Central Regional tournament on Tuesday night. Steve Bittinger - For Shaw Media

The NIU volleyball team picked up its second former Daily Chronicle Player of the Year earlier this week when it announced Katie Jablonski will join the Huskies.

Jablonski, a 5-foot, 10-inch outside hitter from Kaneland who was the 2018 player of the year, comes to NIU after playing at the University of New Hampshire in 2019. She played in 25 of 27 matches and averaged 1.68 kills per set. Jablonski had five matches with double-digit kills with a season-high 15 kills against Brown.

The Huskies previously announced that Hannah Oehlberg, who played for DeKalb and was the Chronicle's POY in 2017, would be transferring from IUPUI.

A four-year letterwinner at Kaneland High School, Jablonski had over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her prep career. The Knights won the Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference championship three times in four seasons with four IHSA Class 3A Regional titles.

“Katie has a high volleyball IQ and has competed for championships,” coach Ray Gooden said. “It’s great to have an experienced player from the area join our team. Her experience will help our group.”

Oehlberg and Jablonski will join DeKalb grad Jasmine Kemp on the squad.

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