#12 Michelle Ritland
Position: Opposite Hitter
Height: 6'4"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Hampton, Iowa
High School: Hampton-Dumont
Graduating Year: 2012
Major: Biology
Experience: 1 Letter
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in 31 matches at middle blocker (116 sets)…ranked third on the team in kills, averaging 2.02 per set…finished season with 234 kills…handed out 20 assists…recorded 81 total blocks, the third-most on the team…averaged 0.70 blocks per set…had nine service aces...responsible for 37 digs (0.32 per set)…floored eight kills on 13 attempts with no errors for a hitting percentage of .615 and five blocks in a sweep against Barton (9/7)…reached the double-digit kill plateau nine times, including a five straight matches with 10 or more stabs…posted a .462 attack clip and floored a career-high 14 kills with two block and four digs in a five-set loss to nationally-ranked SMSU (9/23)...chipped in 12 kills and five blocks in USF’s five-set thriller at MSU Moorhead (11/16), a victory that sent the Cougars’ to the NSIC tournament for the first time.

2012 (FRESHMAN):
Totaled 19 appearances in 27 sets…chipped in 0.93 kills per set…her 0.33 blocks per set average placed her seventh on the squad…turned in a career-high five kills with a .625 attack percentage in a win against Bethel (9/8)…buried four kills versus Minnesota-Crookston (10/12)…ended her freshman campaign with 25 kills, nine blocks and three digs.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-sport star for Hampton-Dumont…an unanimous first team all conference selection as a senior…also named to the IGCA class 2A all-state honorable mention team…second team all-conference as a junior…also played softball and was twice named second-team all conference as a pitcher.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Rick and Deb Ritland…has a sister, Sarah (26) and a brother, Tyler (20)…biology major…wants to work in the field of wildlife rehabilitation…also plays softball at USF.
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