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KU women’s basketball, volleyball gain two commitments

November 11, 2004

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With 10 players on this year's roster, the Kansas University women's basketball team will need some help next year.

Coach Bonnie Henrickson has taken the first step.

Henrickson announced Wednesday the signing of two recruits to national letters of intent: point guard Ivana Catic of Serbia and Montenegro, and forward Jen Orgas of Omaha, Neb.

"We're thrilled," Henrickson said. "The two most critical needs for us right now are at point and in the post."

Orgas, a 6-foot-2 forward, was recruited hard by other Big 12 Conference schools and caught the eye of Henrickson during an offseason tournament shortly after Henrickson's arrival at KU in March. Orgas gave her oral commitment soon after and attended Late Night in the Phog last month.

Catic attended Late Night, too, though she hadn't yet committed. The 5-foot-8 guard, who will play at Mount deChantal Academy in Wheeling, W.Va., gave her word to Henrickson soon after.

"She loved it," Henrickson said. "That's the atmosphere and love of basketball that she was looking for."

The Jayhawks are anticipating the signing of two more recruits in the next week and plan to keep their eyes open for players to sign during the spring signing period.

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Volleyball signs two: KU volleyball coach Ray Bechard also signed a pair of players Wednesday, including a highly touted setter out of Kansas power Roeland Park Miege.

Katie Martincich, a 5-10 setter from Shawnee, signed with KU after a decorated career during which she led Miege to three straight Class 5A titles. Bechard said Martincich was "the top setter prospect in this part of the country."

KU also signed 6-2 middle blocker/outside hitter Savannah Noyes, who earned Nebraska Super State status at Indianola (Neb.) Southwest High.

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