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[AUG. 31, 2004]
is the start of the volleyball season for the Lincoln Christian
College Angels, with a match versus the University of Alaska at
Anchorage. The match is part of a tournament hosted by the
University of Alaska. Other teams in the tournament are Harding
University and Montana State University.
This season is looking
promising, as the entire 2003 starting lineup is returning after
winning the NCCAA national championship last year. Starters for the
Angels include Christen O'Malley-Owen, 2003 NCCAA Co-Player of the
Year; Bethany Harris, member of 2003 Midwest Regional team; Amanda
Cole, second team all-American, Lauren Cox, first team all-American;
Mindy Crawford, Midwest Libero Player of the Year; Jeni McLaughlin,
member of 2003 Midwest Regional team; and Kari McFadden, member of
the 2003 national tournament team.
Four varsity middle blockers
were added for the 2004 season: Elizabeth Siuda, a transfer from
Black Hawk East; Kellie Bartling from Malden High School in Malden,
Mo.; Melissa Pim from Glenwood High School; and Emma Hanford from
Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School. Two junior varsity players were
also added to the team: Jessica Fender from North Clay High School
and Jessica Schroeder from Woodlawn High School.
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As of 2006, the LCC athletic
department has been granted provisional status with the NCAA III.
Starting in 2005, they will be members of the St. Louis
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In addition to hosting the
NCCAA National Volleyball Championship this year, LCC has been
selected to host the tournament for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
2004 schedule features matches with one NCAA I school, two NCAA II
schools, four NAIA schools and 18 NCAA III schools. "With such a
challenging schedule, it will be difficult to repeat the 36-4 record
from the 2003 season, but we think by playing such a tough schedule
it will make us a better postseason team," said LCC volleyball coach
[Kevin Crawford, athletic
women's volleyball coach,
Lincoln Christian College]