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BOULDER — The University of Colorado volleyball team has signed two prep standouts to continue their education at CU as part of the 2014 volleyball class, head coach Liz Kritza announced on Wednesday.

Anna Pfefferle (Northfield, Minn.) and Stephanie Shadley (Lewisville, Texas) have each signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Buffaloes next season.

“We are excited to be adding two very dynamic athletes to our 2014 roster in Steph and Anna,” Kritza said. “These student-athletes embody what we strive to recruit at CU, through their commitment to academics and competitive athletics.  We are very happy to start off our fall signing period with two athletes that have shined in their prep and club careers and have incredibly bright futures awaiting them here at Colorado.”

Pfefferle is a six-foot, two-inch middle blocker from Northfield High School, coached by Tim Torstenson. NHS recorded a 17-12 record during the 2013 season. That year, she was named All-Missota Conference and was ranked in the state’s top-10 in hitting percentage (.408) and blocks (1.53 blocks per set), while adding 3.59 kills per set. 

She also played basketball and competed in track for the Raiders. Pfefferle set the NHS single season record in rebounds as a junior, ranked in the state’s top 10 for rebounding and earned all-conference honorable mention honors in basketball.

“It has been an extremely enjoyable experience knowing and coaching Anna,” Torstenson said.  “In the short three years I have known Anna, she has become one of the best at her position in the state of Minnesota.  She is extremely talented and a very skilled volleyball player.  Anna is a great person, teammate and leader.  I, along with her teammates and coaches, are so proud of her accomplishments and distinction of being the first Northfield High School volleyball player to accept a scholarship to a NCAA Division I volleyball program."

Pfefferle has played club volleyball for Northfield Volleyball Club under the direction of Elizabeth Larson. During the 2013 season, her team attended AAU Nationals in Orlando.

“CU has capitalized on a great opportunity with Anna,” Larson said. “She is an incredible athlete with an uncanny ability to learn anything quickly. CU is the perfect environment for her to grow her skills and compete at the highest level.”

This upcoming club season, Pfefferle will compete for M1 Mizuno and coach Doug Bergman, who coached his recent team to a top five finish nationally.

 “Anna has a very strong and physical presence at the net,” Bergman said. “She plays high above the net, has excellent blocking skills and a very quick arm swing. Her future with the University of Colorado is going to be solid.”

The Northfield, Minn. native is the daughter of Bob Pfefferle and Amy Berkvam Pfefferle and comes from a very athletic family. Her father played rugby at St. John’s University (Minn.). Her brother, Otto, is on the basketball team at St. John’s and her sister, Ingrid, is a member of the basketball team at St. Benedict (Minn.). Pfefferle has been a member of the ‘A’ honor roll her entire high school career. Pfefferle was also a member of the National Honor Society.

“Anna is a long, coordinated athlete with top-end potential,” Kritza said. “As a three-sport high school athlete, she knows how to move and how to compete.  She is contacting at a very high point, which will translate into success at this level. Beyond her athletic abilities, she is a stellar student and a very positive, motivated young woman who will represent the Buffs well.”

Pfefferle was also recruited by Missouri, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Southern Illinois, Columbia, North Dakota, North Carolina-Asheville, Ohio and Central Florida. She decided on Colorado because, “I’m looking forward to playing at CU with some of the best players in the country, in one of the best volleyball conferences in the country, and learning how to get stronger and improve my volleyball skills and IQ from some of the best coaches in the country.”

Shadley is a six-foot outside hitter from Prince of Peace Christian School and was coached by Heidi Henke. The Eagles finished the 2013 season with a 39-5 overall record and won their second straight state championship. They also won the state title in 2012 after compiling a 36-3 record. Shadley was named the volleyball district MVP her junior and senior years. This year she was also named all-district first team and all-state first team. During Shadley’s junior year, she was also named to the all-state first team. This past season, Shadley averaged a monstrous 4.3 kills per set earned the distinction of being named to PrepVolleyball's Soph79, which highlight the top 79 players in the country. 

She was also a member of the basketball and track teams at PPCS. She has been a two year first team all-district and all-state performer, as well as the district MVP in basketball and in track, Shadley competes in the 400 and 800-meter runs, as well as the 4x400-meter relay where she is a two-time Texas state champion. 

Shadley has also played club volleyball for the Madfrog team in Dallas, Texas, which is coached by Lee Tonga and Stefanie Samuels.

“Stephanie is one of the most underrated, unselfish players that I have had the pleasure of coaching,” Tonga said. “Because of her jumping abilities she is able to terminate the ball from anywhere on the court. She is a great teammate and makes others better. She works extremely hard and is very coachable. Stephanie makes it fun for me as a coach to come to work. Colorado volleyball will be better because she's there.”

“I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to coach Stephanie,” Samuels said. “She is an amazing athlete and a fabulous young lady.  Her performance on the court speaks for itself and her teammates love her.  She is the "total package," a great athlete, student, and person.”

The Lewisville, Texas native is the daughter of Jim and Charisse Shadley. Her mother played basketball at Grayson College and her older sister, Jessica, is a combined events athlete on the track team at Baylor and was an All-Big 12 honoree in 2013. Her brother Michael attends Texas A&M.

“Steph is an explosive athlete and is fun to watch due to her jumping ability and lightning fast arm,” Kritza said. “Steph is all fast-twitch, which allows her to do things on the floor that few of her peers can imitate.  A very accomplished three-sport athlete, Steph has learned how to shoulder a heavy load in carrying a team to success and will make a smooth transition to the collegiate game. We are excited to call her a Buff and look forward to many successes on the court, in the classroom, and beyond.”

Shadley was recruited by Arkansas, Baylor and TCU. She selected CU because, “I am excited about getting the opportunity to play with such talented teammates and to play in the Pac-12.”

The Buffs (15-9 overall, 7-7 Pac-12) are back on the court this weekend for a pair of matches. They will face Arizona State on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz. and on Nov. 17, the Buffs will take on Arizona at 2 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz.

2014 Recruiting Class





Anna Pfefferle



Northfield, Minn./Northfield/M1 Mizuno VBC

Stephanie Shadley



Lewisville, Texas/Prince of Peace Christian/Madfrog VBC