Kansas State volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz announced the team signed libero Dru Kuck to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season Tuesday.

“Dru adds excellent depth for us at the libero position,” Fritz said in a release. “She is, first and foremost, a fearless defender with tremendous speed and explosiveness. She’s grown up in the gym, as both of her parents are volleyball coaches, thus she possesses a high volleyball IQ.”

Kuck (which is pronounced “Cook”) concluded her high school career as Sheboygan (Wis.) North High’s all-time leader in digs with 2,097. She had 694 digs her senior season, which set a school record and was fourth in the state. She was a letter-winner all four years at Sheboygan North and earned Fox River Classic Conference Co-Player of the Year as a senior.

PrepDig.com ranks the 5-foot-5 Kuck as the No. 2 recruit in Wisconsin for the class of 2019. She was all-state three times, including being named second team for her junior and senior seasons in Division I by the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association. Kuck also is a four-time Fox River Classic Conference First Team Selection. Her 694 digs her senior year led the conference, topper her closest competitor by 151. Kuck’s club team was the Milwaukee Sting, and she was named an All-American on the club circuit. Kuck also participated in the USAV Junior Girls Championship last April in Dallas.

Kuck is now the fifth member of a Wildcats freshman class that ranks 20th in the nation, according to PrepVolleyball.com. She joins setter Teanna Adams-Kaonohi (Honolulu) and a trio of Kansas natives in outside hitter Anna Dixon (Louisburg), middle blocker Faith Hammontree (Shawnee) and libero Loren Hinkle (Shawnee).

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