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Lions Volleyball Sign Three for 2011

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JOPLIN -- Missouri Southern volleyball coach Trish Knight has announced the signing of three high school athletes to a national letter of intent to attend Southern and play volleyball in the fall.

Casey Ball, Lindsay Terry and Rocky Ortiz have all signed on to be a Lion in the fall. Ball is a native of Eaton, Colo, while Ortiz hails from Murrieta, Calif and Terry is a Carthage native. 

Ball, a 5-11 outside hitter started four years at Eaton High School for coach Lori Willadsen. She helped her team to three district championships, as well as a regional championship in both 2009-10 and three state tournaments. 

A three-time All-Conference selection, she was also named an All-State pick her junior and senior seasons. Also a two-year starter on the tennis court, Ball was an All-Conference selection in that sport as a sophomore. The daughter of Leonard and Tammie Ball, Casey is undecided on her future major at Southern. 

"Casey is an exceptional athlete that we are incredibly happy to bring into the fold," said assistant coach Ryan Meek.  "She possesses the ball control we were looking for in an outside hitter as well as the ability to terminate and block at the net.  She has played at the highest level of club volleyball as well and we look forward to getting her in the gym this fall."

Ortiz is a 5-6 libero that played for coach Kristen Cooke at Vista Murrieta High School. A four-year starter for the Broncos, Ortiz was a three-time All-League selection, while being honorable mention All-Valley this past  year. She was a member of a club team under 14 national championship squad. 

The daughter of Tommy and Stacy Ortiz, Rocky plans on majoring in kinesiology at Southern. 

"We were lucky to find a player like Rocky available at such a late time," Meek said.  "She has played at the highest level of club volleyball four the past four years at the 18s level in Southern California and will come in as an accomplished passer and libero.  We are looking forward to having her in the middle of our serve receive for four years as well as the anchor of our defense."

Terry is a local product, playing for coach Cheryl Sharples at Carthage High School a 5-5 setter, Terry was a three-year starter for the Tigers, and played one year of basketball, as well. She led her team in assists the last three seasons and this past year was an All-Conference and All-Region selection, while leading the Tigers in aces, as well. 

The daughter of Joel and Lori Terry, Lindsay is undecided on her future major at Southern.

"L.T. is a local player that we have had our eyes on for the past few years," Meek said.  "We think she can contribute to our program in many ways.  We are looking forward to her carving out her niche in our program whether as a DS or a setter.  She has phenomenal hands and a high volleyball IQ, something that will make us much better in the gym."

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