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October 17, 2001

Evansville native to be honored at final USI volleyball home match

Evansville native Leah Mercer (North) will be honored this Saturday as the University of Southern Indiana volleyball team plays its final home match of the regular season. The Eagles will host Saint Joseph’s College in a match that is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center.

Mercer is winding down what has been an outstanding career at USI. She is currently sixth all-time at USI with 827 career kills and has posted 700 career digs, just 12 out of sixth all-time at USI.

Mercer entered the realm of Screaming Eagle athletes her freshman year as a basketball player in 1997. She performed well in her two seasons as a hoopster, averaging 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 51 games.

Despite the success she enjoyed on the basketball court, the Evansville native traded in her basketball shoes for volleyball shoes and kneepads.

The transition went well as Mercer recorded 254 kills and 247 digs in her first season as a USI volleyball player. In that season, she was named academic All-GLVC and recorded a season-high 22 kills against Kentucky Wesleyan College.

After making the transition from outside hitter to middle blocker s a junior, Mercer helped lead the Eagles to a school-best 27-4 record and was named second-team All-GLVC in addition to Academic All-GLVC. Mercer’s importance to the 2000 Eagle squad was evident as well. She finished sixth in the GLVC with a career-best .294 attacking percentage while posting 282 kills and 64 blocks.

This season, Mercer has come on strong as of late. Since September 10, she has recorded a team-best .327 attacking percentage to go along with 3.09 kills per game, 2.60 digs per game, and 40 blocks.

To date, Mercer is eighth in the conference with a .287 attacking percentage and has posted a career-high 291 kills in 92 games.

Dan McDonnell, USI Sports Information

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