W-M’s Perrel signs with Crookston

STAFF PHOTO BY MATT BUNKE Watertown-Mayer’s Maggie Perrel signs her National Letter of Intent last Friday at the high school as her parents look on. Perrel will play for the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

STAFF PHOTO BY MATT BUNKE
Watertown-Mayer’s Maggie Perrel signs her National Letter of Intent last Friday at the high school as her parents look on. Perrel will play for the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

Watertown-Mayer High School senior Maggie Perrel signed a National Letter of Intent last Friday to play college volleyball at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

Perrel, a two-time first-team all-conference player in the Minnesota River Conference, said the Division II program was the first school to offer her a scholarship back in the middle of her junior year. She took an unofficial visit last fall and her official visit a few weeks ago. Overall, she said Crookston was an easy choice.

“I really liked the campus and the size of the school,” Perrel said. “Also, one of my best friends (Blaine’s Sierra Trost) from the volleyball club I play for is also going there, so I’m really excited to play with her for the next four years. And the coaching staff was really good and they really have a good program.”

Perrel finished this season as the Royals’ leader in kills (236), aces (36) and blocks (62), and was also second do the team with 152 digs. She was the only right-side hitter Crookston recruited this year, and next year she will join a program that finished 11-16 overall and 7-13 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this year.

“She offers a lot of versatility, the complete package, so to speak,” Watertown-Mayer coach Janis Runka said.

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