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August 07, 2006

Eagles picked to finish fifth in GLVC

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team has been picked to finish fifth in the GLVC in a vote by the league's coaches.

Northern Kentucky University edged defending GLVC regular-season champion Rockhurst University for first-place, while defending GLVC Tournament champion Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the University of Indianapolis were tied for third in the poll.

Under the direction of second-year Head Coach Leah Mercer '02, USI returns five starters and its libero from a squad that was 19-13 overall, 11-5 in the GLVC, in 2005.

Leading the way for the Screaming Eagles are senior outside hitters Emily Ryan (Batesville, Indiana) and Chelse Doubler (Griffin, Indiana) in addition to senior libero/outside hitter Mandy Probst (Wheeler, Illinois) and junior setter Stephanie Wilson (Terre Haute, Indiana).

Ryan and Wilson were first-team All-GLVC performers a year ago, while both have earned AVCA All-Region honors in the last two years. Probst was second-team All-GLVC in 2004, while Doubler was honorable mention All-GLVC last season.

The Eagles open practice today in preparation for their season-opening match August 25 against Edinboro University in Pensacola, Florida.

Team (First-place votes), Pts
1. Northern Kentucky(4), 132
2. Rockhurst (7), 131
3. SIU Edwardsville (1), 116
3. Indianapolis, 116
5. Southern Indiana, 106
6. Lewis, 87
7. Drury, 77
8. Bellarmine, 72
9. Missouri-St. Louis, 50
10. Quincy, 46
11. UW-Parkside, 35
12. Saint Joseph's, 34
13. Kentucky Wesleyan, 12

Dan McDonnell,
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