Marquette volleyball coach Ryan Theis continues to rebuild his roster after the departure of seven seniors and two transfers with the addition of Anna Haak to the team for 2017.
Haak is a transfer from the University of Miami and can play right away with two years of eligibility remaining. After only playing in 45 sets in 22 matches as a freshman, the 5’11” Swedish outside hitter was on the court during every Hurricanes set in 2016, one of just four players to do so. She averaged 3.21 kills in 2016 while hitting .172 and also chipped in 2.36 digs per set as well. Haak recorded 20 double-doubles with Miami, 10 in each season, and she posted a career high 22 kills in a three set loss to Duke late in her freshman campaign.
As a junior player in Sweden, Haak helped her Angelholm club team to a 37-0 record and a Svensk Volleyboll League championship in 2015. She saw national team action as Sweden won a gold medal in the NEVZA U19 tournament in 2014, which is the Northern European Volleyball Zonal Association.
With two years of college experience under her belt, you’d have to consider Haak one of the contenders to eat up the playing time left behind by Taylor Louis transferring after two of the best hitting seasons in Marquette history. She’ll have to compete with Madeline Mosher and Allie Barber, who return for their sophomore campaigns, as well as freshmen Kortlyn Henderson, Hope Werch, Liza Kastrup, and sophomore transfer Kayli Trausch.
The competition at outside hitter may not entirely revolve around which player is best. Marquette is also looking for a new starting setter after Sara Blasier’s eligibility has run out, and it wouldn’t hurt the hitters to be solid on defense, as Theis needs to replace three year starting libero Lauren Houg as well.
Marquette kicks off the 2017 season on August 25th with a three match tournament in Hawaii where they take on the hosting Rainbow Wahine first.