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University of Montana Western head volleyball coach Lisa Griffiths announced the signing of Stevensville, Mont., senior outside hitter Kyla Paulsen to a Frontier Conference/NAIA Letter of Intent.

Kyla-Paulsen-2Paulsen has participated in volleyball and basketball her four years at Stevensville High School. She has been voted to the second team volleyball All-Conference team following her first three seasons. Paulsen has been voted as a team captain by her teammates her junior and senior seasons as well as the Most Valuable Player her junior year. On the basketball court she has been voted a second team All-Conference player her sophomore and junior years as well as honorable mention All-Conference her freshman year.

"Kyla is the perfect fit for Montana Western volleyball,” said head coach Lisa Griffiths. “She is a physical hitter, a hard worker, and continues to get better every time I see her play. Most importantly, she's excited to be a Bulldog and get to work with the team.”

Off the court she has been a member of the National Honors Society her junior and senior years as well as a four-year member of the Key Club. She has been a Student Council Representative her first three years at Stevensville High School and was voted as the Student Body Secretary her senior year. Paulsen has been an Honor Roll student throughout her high school career as well as receiving a Montana Teen Institute Award for Excellence her freshman year.

“I chose UMW because of the size of the school, my planned elementary education degree, the one class at a time, and most importantly, because of the volleyball program,” said Paulsen.

She is the daughter of Rick and Donna Paulsen.