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Volleyball – Ei inks nine recruits

04/24/14

Volleyball – Ei inks nine recruits

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College volleyball coach Jennifer Ei announced that seven high school seniors and two sophomore transfers have signed letters-of-intent to play volleyball for the Lady Cavaliers next fall.

The nine newcomers signed are 5-11 middle hitter Kayla Dewey (Cheney H.S., Cheney, Kan.); 5-8 hitter/defensive specialist Elizabeth Chilcoat (Hiawatha H.S., Hiawatha, Kan.); 5-10 right-side hitter Abby Goulding (Raymore-Peculiar H.S., Raymore, Mo.); 5-4 defensive specialist/libero Becca Henderson (Hayden H.S., Topeka, Kan.); 6-0 middle hitter Alexa Hollowell (Liberty H.S., Liberty, Mo.); 5-11 setter Ashley Powers (Lawrence Free State H.S, Lawrence, Kan./Graceland University); 5-5 right-side hitter/setter Jenna Sackman (Seaman H.S., Topeka, Kan.); 6-2 right-side hitter Shelby Sullivan (Tri-City Center H.S., Neola, Iowa/Southwestern Community College, Creston, Iowa); and 5-10 middle/outside hitter Michelle Tennant (Leavenworth H.S., Leavenworth, Kan.).

Additionally, Mogan Osborne (St. John H.S., St. John, Kan.), a member of JCC women’s basketball team last season, will play for Ei’s volleyball team next fall.

“Our coaching staff is eagerly anticipating working with these talented and competitive players.” Ei said. “Each player brings their own athletic strength and composure to our team. Each has experienced success competing on their high school and club teams so they know what it takes to win. They have a burning desire to continue our tradition and improve their craft.”

Dewey was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner for coach Sara Walkup at Cheney. She was a standout player for a Cardinals team that finished as the Kansas 3A state runner-up this past season with a record of 36-9.  Dewey earned many personal honors throughout her career. As a senor, she was selected first-team All-CPL, honorable mention Kansas Volleyball Association 3A All-State and KVA 3A All-State Tournament.

Chilcoat was a four-year starter and three-time All-Big 7 Conference performer for coach Marla Olson at Hiawatha. Chilcoat also played club volleyball for several teams, most recently the Topeka Impact coached by Mark Evans. She helped the Impact to a third place finish at the 2013 USA National Volleyball Tournament in Dallas, and was named to the Nationals All-tournament Team.

Goulding was a three-year starter for coach Katie Dowden at Ray-Pec. She was twice named All-District, earning honorable mention as a sophomore, and first-team honors her senior year. She was also two-time Academic All-State honoree.

Henderson was a three-year starter and three-time All-City performer for coach Jessica Farmer-Walter at Hayden. She also played club volleyball for the Topeka Impact coached by Mark Evans, and helped the 2013 squad to a third place finish at the USA National Volleyball Tournament in Dallas.

Hollowell was a four-year starter for coach April Fleming at Liberty, and helped the Blue Jays win a conference title and back-to-back District titles. She was also twice selected as an all-conference performer. Hollowell earned second-team honors as a junior, and first-team accolades her senior year.  She also played club volleyball for the Sandsharks and KC Extreme, helping both squads to Nationals.

Powers is transferring to JCCC for her sophomore season after attending Graceland University this year. Prior to Graceland, she was a two-time letter winner for coach Nancy Hopkins at Free State, played on several club programs in the Kansas City Metro.  Powers was also a Kansas Top Scholar and a selection to the KVA All-State Academic Team.

Sackman was a four-year starter and standout player for coach Brook Ralph at Seaman. Last fall, she helped lead the Vikings to the Class 5A State Tournament. Sackman was also highly decorated, earning All-City and All-Centennial League recognition her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore, Sackman produced a big year earning KVA All-State second-team after finishing with 530 assists, 65 blocks, 257 kills, 210 digs and 48 aces. She also played club volleyball for the Topeka Impact coached by Mark Evans, and helped the 2013 squad to a third place finish at the USA National Volleyball Tournament in Dallas.

Sullivan is another transfer to JCCC after playing her freshman season at Southwestern Community College. In her first collegiate season, she helped the Spartans to a 37-10 record and a fifth place finish at the NJCAA D-II Tournament. She recorded 220 kills, third most on the team, and a team-best attack percentage of .258.  She also led the team in solo block (29), block assists (52) and total blocks (81). As a prep player, Sullivan was four-year starter for coach Brian Wedemeyer, and a four-sport athlete at Tri-Center. She was named first team all-district and played in the Southwest Iowa All-Star game as a senior.  She was a first team all-conference selection her sophomore, junior, and senior years and a member of the All-Southwest Iowa first team her junior and senior years.  Standing at 6'1", Sullivan is a left-handed right side hitter.  She also was a member of the River City Juniors Club team in Omaha.  Sullivan, an all-around athlete, lettered twice in basketball and was named all-conference honorable mention.  She also lettered one season in soccer and two in softball.  Sullivan was been on the honor roll all four years of high school.

Tennant was a four-year starter for coaches Anderson and Padilla at Leavenworth. She was a three-time All-Sunflower League selection, earning first-team as a junior and second-team her sophomore and senior seasons. Her junior year, Tennant also was named the Leavenworth County Volleyball Player of the Year. She also had a successful club team experience, helping the Sandsharks win the Mideast Qualifier and the Mavs win regionals.

Osborne was a three-year starter for coach Trish Wade at St. John, and helped the Tigers win back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011, and finish second in 2012. She was a three-time KVA 1A All-State pick, earning second-team as a sophomore, and first-team her junior and senior years. She was also selected to the 2010 State Tournament Team. Osborne was also a three-time first-team All-Central Prairie League performer. She was also a highly decorated basketball player as a prep. Her senior year, Osborne made the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association 1A All-State second-team, Wichita Eagle’s 1A All-State honorable mention, Topeka Daily Capital’s 1A honorable mention All-State, Hutchinson News All-Area honorable mention, the All-CPL first-team, and two All-Star games. She also earned KBCA All-State her junior years and was an all-conference selection her sophomore and junior seasons. 

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