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July 19, 2005

USI volleyball adds depth with newcomers

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team announced that 57 freshman defensive specialist/libero Amber Gogel (Ferdinand, Indiana) and 60 junior outside hitter Megan Wollin (St. Peter, Illinois) will play for the Screaming Eagles and new Head Coach Leah Mercer in 2005. They are the second and third players to be added this off-season.

Gogel, who signed a national letter of intent, graduated from Forest Park High School where she earned four varsity letters in volleyball and track. She helped FHS to sectional championships in 2002 and 2003 as well as the 2003 regional finals.

A two-time Blue Chip All-Conference performer, Gogel was rewarded for her efforts last season by earning first-team All-State honors. She led FHS in digs in 2002 and 2003 as well as kills in 2003 and 2004.

Wollin transfers to USI from Shawnee Community College where she recorded 203 kills in 95 games, helping the Saints to a 39-14 record in 2004. Prior to SCC, Wollin spent a year at Division I Eastern Illinois University where she played in 40 games.

A graduate of South Central High School in Farina, Illinois, Wollin was the Midland Trails Conference Most Valuable Player after leading SCHS to a 29-2 record a regional championship during her senior season. She was named honorable mention All-State by Champaign News-Gazette and earned All-Area honors from both the Decatur Herald and the Effingham Daily News.

Gogel and Wollin, join incoming freshman Meg Buschman (Reynolds, Indiana), who signed an NLI earlier this spring.

Dan McDonnell,
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