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November 24, 2004

Awards continue to roll in for USI volleyball

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Junior middle blocker Laura Ellerbusch (Newburgh, Indiana) and freshman setter Stephanie Wilson (Terre Haute, Indiana) were named first-team Daktronics, Inc. All-Great Lakes Region in a vote by the region’s sports information directors.

It is the second time in two days that the two have been named to an All-Region team. Ellerbusch was named first-team All-Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), while Wilson was named AVCA honorable mention All-Region.

Wednesday’s announcement marks the first time in the program’s 25-year history that two USI players have been named first-team Daktronics, Inc. All-Region. In 2002, Shannon Wells and Kim Boehmer were on the list, but Wells was first team while Boehmer was on the second team.

The two helped lead the Screaming Eagles to a 24-7 record, 15-1 in the GLVC, the GLVC regular season and tournament titles, and the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Tournament semifinals.

Daktronics, Inc. All-Region is just another award in what is becoming a long list for the duo. Ellerbusch was named first-team All-GLVC and GLVC Player of the Week three times in 2004, while Wilson, the lone freshman on the list, also was selected first-team All-GLVC. They both were named to the NCAA II Great Lakes Region and Radisson Riverfront Classic All-Tournament teams.

Both will be up for All-America honors.

Daktronics, Inc. All-Great Lakes Region First Team
Athlete (Pos., Ht., Yr., School, Hometown)
Stephanie Wilson (S, 5-10, Fr., Southern Indiana, Terre Haute, Ind.)
Kristin Koralewski (OH, 5-8, Sr., Northern Kentucky, Muskego, Wis.)
Carrie Ritchie (OH, 5-10, Sr., Ashland, Mansfield, Ohio)
Tracy Kirk (MB, 6-1, Jr., Grand Valley State, Cadillac, Mich.)
Laura Ellerbusch (MB, 6-0, Jr., Southern Indiana, Newburgh, Ind.)
Allison Buss (L, 5-8, Jr., SIU Edwardsville, Towanda, Ill.)

Daktronics, Inc. All-Great Lakes Region Second Team
Athlete (Pos., Ht., Yr., School, Hometown)
Kelly Byrnes (S, 5-8, So., Findlay, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Karin Poschke (S, 5-10, Sr., Hillsdale Stevensville, Mich.)
Karla Fairbanks (OH, 5-11, Sr., Ferris State, Rogers City, Mich.)
Heather Bonde (MH, 6-0, Jr., SIU Edwardsville, Millstadt, Ill.)
Michelle Clelland (MH, 6-0, Jr., West Virginia Wesleyan, Richmond, Va.)
Elisa Joris (MB, 6-2, Jr., Wayne State, Walled Lake, Mich.)
Sei Hee Hwang (L, 5-9, Jr., Wayne State, Toronto, Ontario)
Brittny Godlewski (L, 5-7, Jr., Ferris State, St. Claire Mich.)

Dan McDonnell,
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