Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Red Lions volleyball begins a new run at a national championship

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[August 31, 2010]  Lincoln Christian University has reloaded to make another run at a national championship in women's volleyball. In 2009 the Red Lions ended the season with a second-place finish at the national tournament.

Coach Jason Farr is in his third season at the helm of the Red Lions volleyball program. Lincoln Christian has made the trip to the Elite Eight in each of his first three years and garnered second place in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Farr was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as the national coach of the year.

This year's roster will have many new faces as the Red Lions graduated five players in May, and four of the five started in 2009. The graduates included Adriane Tschantz from Decatur, an all-American, and Megan Callahan (Donnelly) from Clinton, a three-time all-American and 2009 national player of the year.

On the positive side of the ledger, LCU will have returning offensive powerhouses Jamie McFadden of Lincoln and Krystine Schnautz of Clay City. McFadden recorded 479 kills and Schnautz tallied 597 kills in the 2009 campaign. Both earned all-American honors in 2009 as sophomores.

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Junior Lydia Bunting of Ellery will be running the offense from the setter position. Rachel Langseth of Stewartville, Minn., will make the transition from the right side to middle hitter.

In a strong group of newcomers are Emily Sheley of Lincoln, Sopha Hughes of Oblong, Hanna Taylor of Mishawaka, Ind., Anna Devillez of Pine Village, Ind., and Britney Flora of Heyworth.

LCU volleyball has four home games this week. Two are on Wednesday, against Grace Bible College at 3:30 p.m. and Eureka College at 7:30 p.m. The last two are on Saturday, with a 10 a.m. match against Benedictine University of Springfield and the other at noon against Hannibal-LaGrange College.

[Text from file received from Lincoln Christian University]

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