Two NLI Signees for Volleyball
Nov. 14, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash.--Gonzaga volleyball head coach Diane Nelson announced Tuesday that two players have recently signed National Letters of Intent and committed to play for the Bulldogs. Both Dani Batenhorst and Kennedy Croft will join the team for the 2018 season.

Dani Batenhorst | OH | Katy, Texas

Batenhorst has spent the last four seasons playing on the Seven Lakes High School varsity team. As a senior captain, she's led the Spartans to a regional championship and the state semifinal round to be played Nov. 17. So far, she's tallied 1,024 kills and 790 digs throughout her four-year career at Seven Lakes, and she earned Third Team All-State honors as a junior after 581 kills and 351 digs. Also, Batenhorst plays club ball for Houston Juniors 17 Elite, one of the top 20 clubs in the nation. With Houston Juniors, she helped claim a national bid at the Houston Regionals in 2016.

Why Batenhorst choses Gonzaga: "I chose Gonzaga because it's the perfect fit for me. I love the coaches I'll be playing for. It has strong sports and academics, plus it's a great area of the country!"

Coach Nelson on Batenhorst: "Dani has it all. She will come to Gonzaga with a high level of experience coming from Texas. She is playing a role as a six-rotation outside hitter that will prepare her to compete for a position in the line-up immediately. Beyond Dani's volleyball skills, she has the ability to stay composed under pressure and lead those around her. We cannot wait until Dani is in the gym."

Kennedy Croft | OH | Tumwater, Wash.

Croft has spent the last four years hitting for Tumwater High School, leading the Thunderbirds to state titles in 2014 and 2016. After tallying 480 kills, 263 digs, and 47 aces, she earned Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year accolades as a junior, and she's twice picked up All-State and All-Area selections. Croft holds school records with 42 kills in a single match and 53 aces in a season. She plays club ball with Puget Sound VB, with whom she won the U18 PSR Power League in 2017.

Why Croft chose Gonzaga: "I chose Gonzaga because it seemed like the perfect place for me! I love the mindset the whole program has."

Coach Nelson on Croft: "When I first met Kennedy, I knew she was a special kid. Kennedy's internal drive and positive presence on the court immediately sold our staff on her ability to compete and be impactful in our program. Kennedy's ball control and experience as an outside hitter make our gym more competitive the minute she arrives."



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