DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Volleyball team is pleased to announce the signing of Ellie Hanser from Billings, MT.
Hanser has been a starting hitter for the Billings Central Rams for the past three years. During her time as a Ram, Ellie helped assist her team to four consecutive top-fourth place finishes at the Montana State Volleyball Tournament. Hanser is a three-time 1st Team All-Conference player, and a two-time 1st Team All-State recipient. Overall, Ellie ended her high school volleyball career as being one of Montana Class A’s all-time leading hitters. Between the last two weekends of her high school career she had 164 kills and a hitting percentage of .411. In her final high school game she had 27 kills, 2 aces, and 2 blocks against the team that went on to win state.
Not only is Ellie an outstanding volleyball player, but she is also heavily involved in basketball, softball, and track. On the basketball court, Hanser was a two-year varsity player, captain, and led her team to two 5th place finishes at the 2015 & 2016 State Basketball Tournaments. In softball, she plans to play first base for the Rams, and in track her sophomore year she placed 6th in the discus.
Academically, Hanser has managed to maintain a 3.75 GPA throughout high school. Ellie is a four-time Academic All-State award recipient in volleyball, and a two-time Academic All-State in basketball, softball, and track.
"Ellie was born to be a volleyball player. Her mom was a two-time All-American volleyball player for the Carroll College Saints, and was the varsity coach for the Rams for 8 seasons and resigned with a record of 193-69. Her three older sisters all went on to play volleyball collegiately, and her sister Catie broke the record for digs in a season for Carroll College, and led the Billings Central Rams to a State Championship title,” stated head coach Jennifer Hartman. “Ellie is already living up to the Hanser legacy. She is extremely athletic, and has a good fundamental foundation already in place. She has a very powerful swing, and is able to control that power. Ellie sees the block well, and is able to always place the ball in open positions on the court. We are excited to use Hanser’s pure athleticism and power to create an aggressive offensive system this upcoming season. Like we said before, Ellie was born to play volleyball, we are just grateful she decided to continue her career at Dickinson State.”
Ellie plans to work towards a degree in Nursing. She is the daughter of Liz and Bill Hanser.