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6'0"...Senior...Middle Blocker
Reynolds, Indiana (North-White)
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2007: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors for the second straight season...was second on the team with 2.70 kills  and 3.22 points per game as well as a .273 attacking percentage...also was third on the team with 0.82 blocks per game...reached double figures in kills 13 times, including a career-high 21 kills at St. Joseph's...also racked up a career-best 23.5 points against St. Joseph's after recording 5.0 blocks in the match...had a season-high 6.0 blocks in three matches...reached five or more blocks in five matches.

2006: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors...saw limited playing time after suffering an injury during the 2006 spring season...hit .368 in five matches and nine games...recorded 17 kills and averaged 1.89 kills and 2.50 points per game...also averaged 0.89 blocks per game.

2005: Played in 115 games and all of USI's 32 matches as a freshman...averaged 2.29 kills and 0.56 blocks per game...had 10 or more kills in 10 matches, including a season-high 15 on three occasions...recorded a season-best nine digs against Harding...also had a season-high six blocks on two occasions, both against Rockhurst.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from North-White High School in Monon, Indiana, where she earned seven varsity letters in volleyball, track, and basketball... led NWHS to four sectional titles, four conference championships, and three county championships...was a three-time All-Midwest Conference and All-Area performer as well as a two-time All-State honoree...was the Midwest Conference and White County Player of the Year as a junior and senior and competed for the Junior North All-Star Team as well as the Senior North All-Star Team...set a school record as a senior with 508 kills and 215 blocks...also holds the career record at NWHS for blocks and kills...was second in Fine Arts at the Academic Super Bowl in 2003 and third in English at the Academic Super Bowl in 2004...also was a three-year member of the National Honor Society and won the German Embassy Award in 2003.

PERSONAL: Born February 3, 1987...daughter of Charles and Maureen Buschman.

Career Statistics
Year   MP/ GP    Att  Kills  Errors   PCT    AST   SA   Digs  BS  BA

2005   32/115    713    263     119  .202     10    7     68   6  58
2006    5/  9     38     17       3  .368      4    1      3   1   7
2007   28/ 97    631    262      90  .273      9    5     49  11  69
Tot.   65/221  1,382    542     212  .239     23   13    120  18 134

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