Fall sports are in the stretch run for high schools around the state, but in the collegiate ranks, the season still has better than a month to go.
There are several Clay County high school graduates that are competing in the collegiate ranks to great success.
While local volleyball teams are preparing for sectional competition, collegiate athletes are readying themselves for postseason action as well.
Northview graduate Shelbi Morris is in her sophomore season with the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles program and has played in all 65 sets for the team. She's averaged just over three kills per set for a total of 197 this season. Morris has reached double-digits in kills in 11 of the team's 18 contests. Morris has also piled up 152 digs and 34 assists this season.
The team is 11-7 overall and has compiled a 4-5 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Morris is tied for 10th in kills per set this season at 3.03.
Clay City graduate Emmie Kittle is a freshman with on the roster, but has not played this season.
The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team learned late Sunday night that it will face Northwood University, Wayne State University, and Lake Superior State University in the 2015 Midwest Region Crossover Friday and Saturday at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Illinois.
USI (11-7, 4-5 GLVC) squares off with Northwood Friday at 2:30 p.m., before taking on Wayne State and Lake Superior State Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
The Screaming Eagles, who have played their last six matches on the road, are looking to snap a three-match skid that saw them lose a heart-breaker in five sets to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this past Saturday.
USI, which plays eight of its final 10 matches at the Physical Activities Center, is the No. 11 seed from the Great Lakes Valley Conference--USI is only one game out of eighth-place and two games out of the top six in the conference standings.
Friday's match marks the second meeting of the year between USI and the Timberwolves of Northwood. The Eagles defeated the Timberwolves in three sets during the Dunn Hospitality Invitational at the PAC earlier this season.
At Indiana Wesleyan, Northview alum Ashlen Buck is in her junior season with a talented Wildcats squad that has gone 18-5 this season and is 9-1 in the Crossroads Conference.
The Wildcats are looking to get back on the winning track after a pair of Saturday losses in Iowa at the Davenport Invitational. On Friday evening, IWU topped Wisconsin's Cardinal Stritch 3-0 and knocked off 25th-ranked Carroll of Montana, 3-1.
This season Buck has played in 18 matches and has piled up 301 digs, good for a 5.1 per set clip. She had a total of 708 last season for the Wildcats in 160 sets (43 matches) and had 4.4 digs per set.
Indiana Wesleyan returns home to host Ohio's Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Friday and Taylor on Saturday.
A little closer to home, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is in the first season of its new volleyball program as Northview graduates McKenzi Kumpf (freshman) and Brylie Riddell (junior) are each a part of the 11-9 Pomeroys' program.
Riddell leads the team with 161 kills this season (2.60 per set) and also has 172 digs for the team along with a total of 34 blocks. Kumpf has 74 kills and 157 digs this season and hosted Missouri Baptist on Tuesday night.