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November 29, 2007

Eagles announce early signings

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team announced that 5'8" defensive specialist Krista Coccaro (Carmel, Indiana), 6'1" middle blocker/outside hitter Lottie King (Knightsville, Indiana), and 5'11" middle blocker/outside hitter Taylor Reed (Toledo, Ohio) have signed national letters of intent to compete for Head Coach Leah Mercer's Screaming Eagles in 2008.

Coccaro is a senior at Carmel High School where she was a member of CHS's 2006 sectional championship squad that finished the season with a 24-13 record. Coccaro has made a name for herself in the club ranks where she has participated in the Indy Juniors program for the last four years. She was recently selected to play for the Indiana Volleyball Academy 18's team.

"Krista is an enthusiastic player that will work hard and provide a spark on defense," Mercer said. "She is quick and has good overall ball control that will benefit our setter and our offensive attack."

King is a senior at Northview High School (Brazil, Indiana) where she was a member of three Western Indiana Conference championship teams. As a senior in 2007, King finished third in the state in kills per game (5.70) and second in the state in blocks per game (3.40).

A member of the Crossroads of America club volleyball program, King was selected to the All-Tournament team after helping her team to a third-place finish at the AAU National Tournament in Orlando, Florida.

"Lottie is the type of player with infinite potential," Mercer said. "Her height and versatility brings depth to more than one position on our roster. We see her doing great things here at USI."

Reed is a senior at Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio, where she earned second-team All-City and honorable mention All-District honors as a senior this past fall. Reed recorded more than 200 kills in 2007 and finished her career as the school-record holder with more than 600 kills.

Reed, who also plays basketball and softball at WHS, was recently selected to play for the prestigious 18-1 Toledo Volleyball Club team in 2008.

"The Toledo Volleyball Club turns out talented players that go on to excel at the college level year in and year out. Taylor is no exception," Mercer said. "We see her making an immediate impact to our program and we are very excited that she has chosen USI to extend her academic and athletic career."

Dan McDonnell,
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