2012 Volleyball Preview-Fourth of four editions: Outside Hitters
The position of outside hitter will see more new faces to the Mountain Lion team than any other this season. The team looses starters Jenica Shippyand Sonja Johnson, both of which rank in the top 20 for most attacks in UCCS history. To compensate for this loss of offense, Barnett has brought in four new freshmen outside hitters to accompany returning senior Lindsy Heisler. Although the team has lost two great players at this position, Barnett feels confident about this new group of outside hitters stating that, "I think our outsides this year may have a little more gas than last year, and a little more heat." Kim Catlett, Sam Schroeder, Jordan Banich, and Amanda Bloom all look to add more fuel to the fire that Barnett has created.
Kim Catlett graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo., this spring and led her team to the 2011 state tournament. She's a two-time Academic All-State First Team member and was named to the First Team All-Conference and All-State for volleyball in 2012. She was a three-year varsity starter for the Lobos and was a three year letter winner from 2009-2011 in volleyball, basketball, and track. Catlett currently holds the triple jump record at Blevins Junior High, and spent five seasons with the NORCO club program. She was an honorable mention for basketball in 2012 and defensive MVP for basketball in 2011 & 2012. She was active in high school in National Honor Society, Key Club, Fuse and the Joy Team.
Sam Schroeder graduate from Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colo., and took the Bears to the district tournament in 2011. Schroeder was the 2011-2012 female scholar athlete of the year and a three-year varsity starter. She was selected for the 2012 CHSCA All-State Games and was nominated for the All-Jefferson County First Team in her senior season. Schroeder spent six seasons with the Front Range, Colorado Performance and Momentum volleyball clubs, and two-year member of the National Honor Society.
Jordan Banich transferred from North Dakota State where she redshirted her only season with the Bison. A graduate of Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colo., Banich was the first four-year letterwinner in program history. She was the team's Best Defensive Player in 2010 and the Best Offensive Player in 2011. Banich earned All-Jefferson County First Team honors twice and was the Jefferson County Player of the Year in her senior season. She competed with the Colorado Juniors and helped lead the team to the Junior Olympics Open Division in both seasons. She was also active on the track and field team in the spring.
Amanda Bloom redshirted her first season at Nebraska-Kearney after she graduated from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 2010. She was an Academic All-State First Team member, named to the All-State teams by the CHSCA and CCGS and was an unanimous pick for the All-Jefferson County teams. Bloom was a two-year varsity starter and letterwinner, was named to several All-tournament teams and was named team captain in her final season.
Lindey Heisler enters the season as the only returning outside hitter from last season. She played in just 35 sets last year, but averaged .83 kills per set with four service aces. Heisler was named All-State in 2007 and the top hitter in 2001 for the Colorado Juniors. She currently holds five records at Chadron State, and enters her senior season at UCCS. Barnett states, "I know she can hit, we just need some of the extras out of her: defense, passing, and some of the intangibles."
Barnett and the team have many options this season as they add a batch of new outside hitters this year to the team. With all of this talent currently at this position, there is still no certainty as to who will get the starting roll. Barnett continues to watch closely, and states that, "we'll find out who solidifies that position, and who the team wins with."
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