FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas and head volleyball coach Chris Poole announced the signing of Kelli Stipanovich to a National Letter of Intent Wednesday.
Stipanovich, a 6-1 outside hitter is a St. Louis, Mo., native and played for Westminster Christian Academy leading the Wildcats to the 2007 runner-up finish at the state championship.
"We are very excited about Kelli and her potential as a top level volleyball player," said Poole. " Kelli is very versatile and can play left or right front. We have continued to really put a focus on recruiting the best kids from this region and Kelli has played for a very successful club program and they have been extremely competitive on a national level. We look for her to challenge for playing time immediately as a full rotation player and looking forward to her joining the Razorback family."
Stipanovich’s club success at St. Louis CYC includes a pair of regional titles and second and third place finishes at the Junior Olympic Nationals. She is in the midst of her final season of club play.
Her prep honors with the Wildcats include two all-state, all-region and all-conference honors and three all-district awards. She is the Wildcat’s all-time kills leader with 1084. In addition, Stipanovich was recognized as one of Prepvolleyball.com‘s players to watch.
In addition to volleyball, Stipanovich is active in Spanish Club, culinary club, cycling club, photography and running at Westminster Christian.
Born Aug. 3, 1990, Stipanovich is the oldest daughter of Steve and Terri Stipanovich. Father Steve played professional basketball for the Indiana Pacers for five seasons.