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December 03, 2003

USI’s Boehmer earns All-America honors,
Becomes first player in school history to earn status

University of Southern Indiana volleyball senior setter Kim Boehmer (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named honorable mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Boehmer is the first player in the USI volleyball program’s 24-year history to earn All-America honors.

“It’s a great honor for Kim to receive such recognition for her accomplishments, but not surprising though,” USI Head Coach Craig Bere said. “Her work ethic, competitive nature, and passion for the game has aided her tremendously. She is a fascinating young lady and I am very proud of her.”

The award caps off a dazzling four-year career for Boehmer that saw her finish third in GLVC history with a school-record 5,344 career assists and four first-team All-GLVC selections. Boehmer is the only player in school history to earn All-GLVC honors four times.

“I set a goal to reach 5,000 assists,” Boehmer said, “so there was some pressure to achieve it.

“I credit most of my success, not only to my coaches, but all of my teammates as well,” Boehmer continued. “I am honored to be a part of such a good program here at USI.”

In addition, Boehmer finished sixth in school-history with 971 career digs. She recorded 1,346 assists and 2.47 digs per game while leading the Screaming Eagles to a 21-9 record and their fourth straight GLVC Championship appearance.

After signing with the Screaming Eagles in the summer of 2000, Boehmer had an immediate impact for USI as she helped lead it to a 27-4 record and a share of the GLVC regular season title. She finished her freshman campaign with more assists (1,236) than any player had ever recorded in a USI uniform. Her efforts forced GLVC coaches to recognize her as the GLVC’s “Freshman of the Year.”

“I didn’t know what to expect coming in,” Boehmer explained about entering USI as a freshman. “I didn’t have time to think about it. I was put right in and knew that I just had to do the job.”

As a sophomore in 2001, Boehmer helped USI to a 22-10 mark and its second straight trip to the GLVC title. Despite missing the first four matches of the season, Boehmer, once again, set a school record for assists in a single season (1,271).

By the end of her sophomore season, Boehmer had become just the second player in school history to record 2,500 assists. It did not take her long during her junior season in 2002 to break the school record, which stood at 2,669.

During the 2002 campaign, Boehmer set yet another school-record with 1,491 assists while leading the Eagles to their first GLVC Tournament title and their first trip to the NCAA II Tournament. USI finished the 2002 season with a 26-8 record.

“It was a reward for all of the hard work that we put in at the beginning and throughout the season,” Boehmer said of winning a conference championship.

A three-time All-Region performer, Boehmer was a part of more victories than any other player in school-history. She helped lead USI to a 96-31 record and four straight 20-win seasons.

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