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April 19, 2007

Pund transfers to USI volleyball

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team announced that 5'10" sophomore setter/outside hitter Melanie Pund (Ferdinand, Indiana) is transferring from Jacksonville State University to play for Head Coach Leah Mercer's Screaming Eagles in 2007.

At Jacksonville State, Pund saw action in 25 matches as a freshman and was a member of the Gamecocks 2006 Ohio Valley Conference championship team and NCAA Division I Tournament qualifying squad. JSU was 24-5 overall and 16-0 in the OVC in 2006.

A graduate of Heritage Hills High School, Pund was a three-year letterwinner that enjoyed a tremendous senior season in which she earned second-team All-State honors as well as Academic All-State and first-team All-Conference accolades.

Pund was a Class 3A South All-Star Team invitee and received the HHHS Hustle Award following both her junior and senior seasons. She also was first-team All-Conference as a junior and led her team to the 2003 regional title as a sophomore.

Outside of the high school ranks, Pund competed in club volleyball for Evansville River City Volleyball from 2001-06.

"Melanie's versatility is a great addition to our team," Mercer said. "Her setting and attacking abilities allow us greater flexibility in our offense."

Pund joins 5'9" freshman outside hitter Brittani Oliver (Indianapolis, Indiana) and 5'9" defensive specialist Janae Curnutt (Arcadia, Indiana) on USI's list of newcomers for the 2007 season. Both Oliver and Curnutt signed national letters of intent during the early signing period.

Dan McDonnell,
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