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August 17, 2005

USI volleyball will work with local middle school

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team will take time out of its practice schedule to work with the Evans Middle School volleyball team this Friday. The EMS practice is slated for 3 p.m. and will last until 5 p.m.

“As a team we want to be more visible in the community,” USI Head Coach Leah Mercer said. “It is a great chance to give back to the city of Evansville and the student-athletes at Evans Middle School.”

“We are very appreciative that such a respected team in the Midwest is taking time out of its busy schedule to help our volleyball team here at Evans,” EMS Head Volleyball Coach Diane Emge said. “Knowing that USI is the defending GLVC champions and its first game is next Friday says a lot about Leah Mercer and the entire USI volleyball team. Having collegiate athletes come to our school shows the hard work through education, athletics, and community involvement which offers our girls awareness for what is possible in their futures.”

The Screaming Eagles, who begin play August 26 at the Missouri Southern Invitational in Joplin, Missouri, will hold a team scrimmage for the EMS student-athletes to watch and learn from.

“Our girls are very excited about meeting the coaches and volleyball players from USI and learning new skills from them,” Emge explained. “I am extremely grateful to Leah for immediately saying she would love for her team to work within the community with younger athletes who might not otherwise have the opportunity to go to camps. She is truly an asset to both USI and our community.”

Dan McDonnell,
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