Coach Lexie Baack has announced the addition of six new volleyball players to the Peru State College (PSC) Bobcat squad for the 2010 season. There are two transfers will who be juniors, one sophomore, and three freshmen joining the team.
Maddy Lister of North Platte is a 5-10 outside/rightside hitter and is a transfer from North Platte Community College (NPCC). Lister played for long-time and highly successful Coach Sally Thalken at NPCC. NPCC finished ninth at the National Junior College Community Association Division II National Tournament in 2009. Lister started both years for the Lady Knights, but suffered an injury after playing a few games last fall. Coach Baack on Lister: “Maddy will be looking at time on the outside, and possibly some right side. She is a strong and consistent hitter. She is also someone that we will look to possibly play back row. Her positive attitude is a major attribute to the team, and keeps everyone on their toes.”
A two-time all-region first selection while playing at Southeast Community College-Beatrice, Carly Morehead of Fairbury, is the other transfer joining the Bobcats. A 6-0 middle blocker, Morehead was also named to the Omaha World Herald’s Community College First Team in 2009. Morehead led Coach Carrie Puhalla’s Lady Storm to two of their better seasons in recent history. Coach Baack on Morehead: “Carly will be looking at time in the middle. She is a smart and very powerful hitter, and is quick on the block. She will also see a possibility of serving and she has a tough and consistent serve, and is quick across the back row.”
Becky Boshart of Wood River was at PSC as a student and joins the team this year as a freshman eligibility-wise. Boshart, a 5-9 outside hitter/defensive specialist, started three years for her Eagles team which finished 19-8 her senior season. Coach Baack on Boshart: “Becky is an incredibly hard worker who will be competing for time on the outside, as well as a defensive specialist. She is very versatile and provides a consistency that we will need on the court.”
Alex Cross of Centralia, KS, is a 6-0 middle blocker. She was a member of the highly successful Panther volleyball team which finished second in the Kansas State Volleyball Class 1A Tournament. Following the season, she was a First Team TVL Conference Selection and was named to the Class 1A All-State First Team. Cross’ high school coach, Kimbrook Tennal, has Peru State ties and is one of the top small school volleyball coaches in Kansas. Coach Baack on Cross: “Alex will be competing against seven other outsides to try and earn a starting position. She has a strong swing and is improving every day on defense. She has also started coming into her own on blocking.”
Joining the Bobcats after playing her high school ball at Omaha Westside is Amanda Gilreath of Omaha. A 5-6 defensive specialist, Gilreath also played for the Starlings Volleyball Club which won the 2009 National Starlings Tournament. Coach Baack on Gilreath: “Amanda will be competing for time as a setter. She has very quick hands, and is really starting to come out of her shell and step nicely into the leadership role that a setter must own. She also does a nice job on defense and seems to pick up a lot of balls that most girls do not get to.”
Rounding out the freshman becoming a Bobcat is Erika Rohlk, a 5-9 rightside/outside hitter, from Springfield, SD. Rohlk played volleyball for the Avon High School Pirates which finished 13-12 her senior season. Coach Baack on Rohlk: “Erika is an outside/right side hitter. She is very versatile and will go wherever she is needed. She has a great block and could possibly see more time as a right side. She is eager to improve herself and is already showing an improvement and desire in these first couple of weeks.”
With the six recruits, the Bobcats will have 18 players on their roster, the largest in Coach Baack’s five-year tenure.