PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College volleyball program signed four student-athletes during the recently concluded early signing period. These four are the first to sign during the early period since the Storm's transition to NCAA Division II.
Andrea Harris (Dayton, Ohio/Beavercreek), Jamie Hoppe (Clyde, Ohio/Clyde), Molly Richardson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) and Elizabeth Whiddon (Saline, Mich./Saline) make up head coach Gary VanCauwenberge's 2009-10 recruiting class.
“We are very excited to have these young ladies join our program,” said VanCauwenberge. “They were recruited very specifically for the talent level they bring to their positions, their academic achievements, personality and character. We are proud to have them in our family.
Harris, a right-side hitter and setter, ranked among the Greater Western Ohio Conference leaders as a senior in attacking and service aces. The daughter of Pam and Gary Harris helped her team to a 19-6 overall record.
An outside hitter, Hoppe was a four-time All-Sandusky Bay Conference selection and SBC Scholar Athlete. Three times she was named first-team all-conference, including being named SBC Player of the Year as a senior. In 2009 she also was named first-team All-District 6 and third-team All-Ohio. The daughter of Tim and Jackie Hoppe was the first player in Clyde history with over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
A two-time All-Summit Athletic Conference pick, Richardson capped her career by being named first-team All-SAC for the conference champions. An outside and right-side hitter, she was an honorable mention all-league selection in 2008. In addition, Richardson was a three-year varsity letterwinner and was second on the team in kills this past season. The daughter of Peggy and Gary Richardson, she was also selected to the all-diocese team and was selected to the Indiana state all-star team.
Whiddon, a middle and right-side hitter, was twice named to the all-sectional team as an honorable mention selection. She also received the all-academic award from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA). The daughter of Pam and Rick Whiddon, she was a high school teammate of current Storm sophomore Kayleigh Collins. Whiddon's sister, Nicole, is a sophomore member of the volleyball team at Grand Valley State University.