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May 12, 2003

Defending GLVC champs ink two more

The GLVC champion University of Southern Indiana volleyball team announced the signing of freshman outside/middle hitter Amanda Probst (Wheeler, Illinois) and freshman outside hitter Emily Ryan (Batesville, Indiana) to national letters of intent for the 2003 season. They are the third and fourth players to sign with head coach Craig Bere’s Screaming Eagles this spring.

“With the addition of these two young ladies, we will not lose much more than experience,” Bere said in reference to filling the voids left by the losses of senior outside hitters Shannon Wells and Kristi Kavanaugh. “We graduated two starting outside hitters this year that were possibly the best outside tandem in the GLVC. Amanda and Emily are top-notch athletes that have a tremendous amount of potential.”

Probst, a 5’11” senior at Newton High School in Newton, Illinois, is a three-time All-Apollo Conference performer and was named honorable mention All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette. She helped lead NHS to three conference championships and two regional championships.

NHS’s most valuable player in 2001 and 2002, Probst is highly regarded by several regional publications. The Decatur Herald & Review named Probst All-Area in 2001 and 2002 while the Effingham Daily News named her All-Area three times.

Probst also brings a strong academic background to the Eagles. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past three years and is a four-year honor roll student at NHS.

“Amanda brings a lot to our program,” Bere said. “She has good ball control and the size that will enable her to be a major threat on the outside. Amanda provides depth to the outside hitter’s position and should push for a starting role.”

Ryan, a 5’10” senior at Batesville High School, brings a well rounded athletic background to USI having earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

As a senior in 2002, Ryan was named to the Indiana South All-Star team after leading BHS to its second straight Ripley County Tournament championship. Her efforts netted her All-Conference and conference MVP honors in 2002.

An Academic All-State selection in volleyball and basketball, Ryan helped the BHS basketball team to the 2003 sectional championship and was the 2003 co-MVP at BHS.

“Emily is a fun, energetic, and determined young lady,” Bere explained. She possesses so many qualities that are already present in our program and that have contributed to the success over the last few years. Her offensive game will be needed this fall to replace our seniors. Once she is able to fine tune the rest of her game she will be a dominant player.”

Probst and Ryan join junior Kacie Goodman (Waterloo, Illinois) and freshman Courtney Goodman (Waterloo, Illinois) in USI’s recruiting class for the 2003 season.

Dan McDonnell,
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