SAN DIEGO – San Diego State Volleyball Head Coach Brent Hilliard announced the addition of Elly Schraedera 6-2 center blocker who joins the Aztec program after playing the last two seasons at the University of San Diego.
Schraeder, a native of Athol, Idaho, has enrolled with SDSU for the spring semester and will be eligible for three more years with the Scarlet and Black.
“I’ve had the chance to see Elly perform many times, and she’s the centerpiece prototype for our team moving forward,” Hilliard said. “She is a great athlete who outperforms her competition by being constantly available in transition. She will fit seamlessly into our current team as she brings an infectious energy. We are thrilled that she was able to join us this spring so that she can become familiar with her new Aztec family.”
Schraeder was a member of two Torero squads that advanced to the NCAA tournament, including a second-round appearance during the 2021 spring campaign. While at USD, she appeared in 20 games with 13 starts, totaling 40 kills and 65 blocks in 54 played sets.
During her first collegiate campaign, Schraeder started all 10 games she played, and finished second in the West Coast Conference with a team-high 1.30 blocks per set (43 overall), marked by a career-high seven block assists in the opener of a weekend series at Gonzaga.
Prior to enrolling at USD, Schraeder was a prep star at Coeur d’Alene High School, where she was twice named the 5A Northwest Inland Empire League’s Most Valuable Player, helping her team achieve consecutive fourth-place finishes in the state championships. from Idaho in 2018 and 2019.
After her senior year, Schraeder was named the North Idaho Hall of Fame’s High School Volleyball Athlete of the Year after receiving the Idaho 5A/4A Girls Volleyball Athlete of the Year honors in 2019 and 2020.
In addition to her success on the field, Schraeder excelled in classroom preparation and earned the Distinguished Team Scholastic Award all four years for being recognized with academic honors. She plans to specialize in environmental sustainability in the state of San Diego.
Schraeder becomes the fourth student athlete to commit to the SDSU volleyball program for the 2022 campaign after high school highlights Madison Corf, Kat Cooper and Cara Braun signed National Letters of Intent last November.