Wake Forest Welcomes Three to 2018 Class
Nov. 9, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest volleyball head coach Bill Ferguson announced on Wednesday that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Deacs in 2018.

“We are thrilled for this group to join our program,” Ferguson said. “They will be an immense help in getting our program to a point where competing in the postseason is habitual. All three of these young women will help add size, athleticism and big arms to our program.”

Signees at a Glance:

Michelle Polechonski, 6-2, Middle Blocker, Carlsbad, Calif.
Polechonski earned four varsity letters at La Costa Canyon High School. During her time at La Costa Canyon, she led the team to a runner-up finish in the Division 1 CIF San Diego Section in 2014 and the section title in 2015. Polechonski earned her team’s Most Improved Player award in 2015. She helped her club team, Coast 18, to an 18-1 record in 2016. Polechonski was high school teammates with current Wake Forest freshman Bronte Zlomek.

Ferguson on Polechonski:
“Michelle was the first commit after I joined the program. I like that she is used to winning. She played for great coaches at both the high school and club levels. She has a big arm and will help give us a solid group in the middle.”

Abby Krueger, 6-2, Outside Hitter, Asheville, N.C.
Krueger lettered all four years at T.C. Roberson High School, where she was named to the Western Mountain Athletic All-Conference team in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, she was named the conference’s player of the year. In playing for her club team, Xcel Volleyball Performance, Krueger helped them to a third-place finish at AAU Nationals in 2014 and a second-place finish in 2017. She was named to the JVA Watchlist in 2015.

Ferguson on Krueger:
“Abby is a natural athlete and an effortless mover and jumper. She is long and has great instincts at the net. She is a natural outside hitter with the capability to be a very polished player in a short time.”

Kate Haeffner, 6-3, Outside Hitter, Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Haeffner earned three varsity letters, two at Saint Andrew's School and one at Pine Crest School. As a freshman at Saint Andrew's, she recorded 364 kills, which broke the school record for kills in a season. Later that season, she made first team All-County. During her sophomore season, Haeffner broke the Saint Andrew's school record for career kills. Through her junior season, Haeffner had totaled 710 career kills. Playing for her club team, DVA, she was named team captain from 2015-17.

Ferguson on Haeffner:
“Kate has a big arm and will be a capable scorer. She is a tireless worker and made a huge impression on us at our camp during my first summer at Wake Forest.”