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November 15, 2002

Wells earns GLVC “Player of the Year” honors,
Boehmer earns first-team All-GLVC/Gross nabs second-team honors

ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—University of Southern Indiana volleyball senior outside hitter Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) has earned Great Lakes Valley Conference “Player of the Year” honors, as announced Friday morning at the GLVC Championship Breakfast. It is the third time that a USI volleyball player has earned the honor—Sheri Kaiser (’93) earned GLVC “Player of the Year” honors in 1992 and 1993.

The GLVC also announced its 2002 All-GLVC teams, with Wells and junior setter Kim Boehmer (Cincinnati, Ohio) earning first-team honors and sophomore middle blocker Leeanne Gross (Decatur, Indiana) earning second-team honors.

Wells led the GLVC during the regular season in kills (4.60 kpg) and service aces (1.19 sapg). Her career-high 3.91 digs per game were third in the league. In conference matches, Wells recorded 4.91 kills and 4.19 digs per game. It is the third straight season that Wells has earned first-team All-GLVC honors.

Boehmer also is on the first team for the third straight season after recording 12.45 assists and a career-high 2.68 digs per game during the regular season. Boehmer earned AVCA All-Region honors as a sophomore and is USI’s career-leader in assists (3,780).

Earning All-GLVC honors for the first time, Leeanne Gross averaged 3.13 kills and 2.54 digs per game to go along with a .309 attacking percentage. Gross also led the team in blocks (56) and was eighth during the regular season with 0.44 service aces per game.

In all, the three have helped the Eagles to a 23-7 overall record, 11-3 in the GLVC, and have the Eagles on the brink of an NCAA II Tournament berth. USI will face the University of Indianapolis Friday evening in the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament in Romeoville, Illinois.

Lewis University’s Karen Lockyer was selected as the GLVC “Coach of the Year” while Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Heather Bond and Lewis’s Kathy Sulkowski were selected as co-GLVC “Freshmen of the Year.”

2002 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Team

First team
Setters: Kim Boehmer (Southern Indiana), Sara Taylor (Northern Kentucky) Middle Hitters: Katie Gilman (Lewis), Andrea Voss (SIU Edwardsville) Outside Hitters: Shannon Wells (Southern Indiana), Katie Raasch (Wisconsin-Parkside), Shaun McAllister (Indianapolis) Opposite Hitter: Cammi Welter (Northern Kentucky) Defensive Specialist: Daria Sak (Missouri-St. Louis).

Second Team
Setters: Stacy Moss (Lewis) Erica Schutte (SIU Edwardsville) Middle Hitters: Leeanne Gross (Southern Indiana), Maggie Pugh (Northern Kentucky) Outside Hitters: Nicole Salisbury (Northern Kentucky), Jennifer Trame (SIU Edwardsville), Mary Corsten (Lewis) Opposite Hitter: Amber Heimann (Quincy) Defensive Specialists: Beth Lipinski (Saint Joseph’s), Stephanie Brandys (Lewis).

GLVC Player of the Year: Shannon Wells (Southern Indiana)

co-GLVC Freshman of the Year: Heather Bonde (SIU Edwardsville), Kathy Sulkowski (Lewis)

GLVC Coach of the Year: Karen Lockyer (Lewis)

Dan McDonnell,
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