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[AUG. 24, 2004]
sophomores returning for action, Lincoln College volleyball coach
Mark Tippett has high hopes for his squad this season. The Lynx open
play Saturday at the Black Hawk East quad meet and will play their
first home match on Tuesday, Aug. 31, against Lincoln Land.
Heading the list of returning
sophomores is Kristin Majka, a 5-8 outside hitter from Willowbrook.
She was first team all-conference last season. "Kristin should be a
team leader and will be a strong offensive weapon with good passing
skills," said Tippett. Majka also led the team in kills last season.
Other sophomores are Samantha McCoy,
Rosie Miller and Jennifer Stedman. "McCoy will play the libero
position, and she is our best defensive player," Tippett said. "She
gives us stability on defense and she has the ability to dig real
well. She is a good athlete and a team leader. Miller will be one of
our setters as we go to the two-setter offense. She will operate out
of the back row and will give us a good opportunity to score if we
are able to get her the ball. Stedman was injured last season and
played very little; however, she appears to be healthy and will give
us another strong outside hitter. She is a defensive specialist and
is looking forward to a strong season."
Two other sophomores on the squad are
transfers. "Kristen Meminger has transferred from a Missouri College
and has shown to be a strong athlete and will be a good addition to
our squad," Tippett said. "Cara Willey was a Carthage last season,
and she is likely to see action at the libero spot and could
possibly help in other spots with her defensive skills."
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Tippett is excited about some of his
newcomers, especially in the middle. "We haven't had good middle
players in the past, but Erica Lill and Danielle Crum have us
excited this season. They give us some height in the middle with
good athletic ability. They are the best-skilled players we have had
at this position in my four years. They have all the tools a good
middle hitter needs."
"Lakasha Bridgeford, from Springfield,
has also shown she will be able to help in the middle," Tippett
continued. "We have four strong players on the right side, including
two local athletes. Chelsea Faith (Mount Pulaski) and Victoria
Tuttle (Hartem) are at the top of the class, closely followed by
Amber Stewart and Misty Fry. Any of the four can play and will see
action early. The two that step up will earn the majority of the
mentor continued: "Mackenzie Clark and Sarah Klawitter will compete
with Miller for the setter position. Two of the three will be
playing as we go to the double-set attack. Klawitter is a little
taller than the other two and could go into the front line if the
game dictates that type of attack. Spencer Hall, Chonita Ziegler and
Beth Applen round out the squad. Hall and Ziegler have shown the
ability to hit and pass; however, they are behind two sophomores and
will need to be patient for playing time. Applen is a defensive
specialist who is getting better each time out."