FRITZ ON MICHAELA: "Michaela is a gifted athlete. She has a strong arm, a good jump and possesses the ability to get on the ball. She is a terminal attacker and will work to develop range and become a more complete player. When she does, the sky is the limit for her."
At NORTHERN MICHIGAN (2001): Letterwinner in volleyball one year at Northern Michigan University, a perennial top Division II school in Marquette, Mich. ... Helped the team to a 22-10 overall record in 2001, including a 12-6 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)... The Wildcats lost to Northern Kentucky at the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional in Allendale, Mich. ... One of the team's top all-around players despite being a true freshman... Saw action in 32 matches, including 20 starts, and 121 overall games at outside hitter... Just finished out of the school single-season top 10 list in kills and kills per game... Was the primary offensive threat behind junior middle blocker Beth Laveen... Ranked second behind Laveen in several categories, including total kills (421), kills per game (3.48) and total attacks (989)... Totaled 24 double-digit kill performances on the season, including four contests of 20 or more kills... Posted 21 of her double-digit kill performances in the team's final 23 matches... Also turned in 11 double-doubles, including seven in the Wildcats' last 10 matches... Led the team in the loss to Northern Kentucky in the Great Lakes Regional with 20 kills and 10 digs... Posted 15 matches of 10 or more digs... Tied for second on the team in total digs (273) with a 2.26 digs per game average... Was second across the board in blocking, registering 16 block solos, 58 block assists and 74 total blocks for a 0.61 blocks per game average... Also fourth in aces (37) and aces/game (0.31)... Tallied a hitting percentage of .300 or better in six matches, including a .667 performance with no errors against Quincy (Sept. 7)... Turned in five or more blocks on seven occasions, including a season-best seven against Quincy (Aug. 25)... Had a season-best four service aces against Quincy (Sept. 7) and Ashland (Oct. 12)... Coached in volleyball by Scott Sandel, who left in July 2002 to become head coach at Boise State.
At LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL (1997-2001): Letterwinner in volleyball all four years at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Neb. ... Four-year starter for the Links... Named to the Lincoln Journal-Star Super-State first team as a senior... Also selected to the Class A all-state first team... Chosen to play in the Nebraska All-Star Game as a senior... Named to the Journal-Star Super-State third team as a sophomore and junior... Earned first team all-city honors three times... Helped the Links to two district titles during her high school career... Played for the Sports Courts and Nebraska Juniors, helping the Juniors to the Great Plains Championship... Earned 12 total letters in high school, lettering all four years in both basketball and track... Earned third team Super-State honors as a senior in basketball... Also garnered all-city accolades as both a junior and senior... Placed fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.38) at the state meet en route to earning all-city honors... Finished in the top 5 in four events - shot put, discus, 100 meters and 400-meter relay team - at the Lincoln Public School Championships, including a pair of second-place finishes in the shot put and 100 meters... Coached in volleyball by Kristi Nelson Hitz.
PERSONAL: Michaela Franklin was born Sept. 28, 1982, in Miami, Fla. ... The daughter of Becky Franklin... The oldest of two children... Has a brother, A.J., 17... Cousin, Nikki Colson, is the starting setter at Michigan State, which the Wildcats play on Sept. 14 at the adidas South Florida Invitational... Not the first import from Northern Michigan to move to Kansas State... Former head coach Jim Moore (1994-96) coached at NMU from 1989-93 prior to moving to K-State, including guiding the team to the 1993 NCAA Division II title... Is undecided on a major.