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King to play college volleyball for USI

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Northview senior Lottie King (front, center) signed to play volleyball for the University of Southern Indiana on Wednesday. She is joined by (back, from left) Northview Athletic Director Jan Gambill, Eric King, Cam King and Principal Tim Rayle. (front, from left) Parents Rob King and Missy King join Lottie for the signing.
The list of accolades for Northview volleyball player Lottie King is a long one.

Four-time All-Western Indiana Conference honors, Northview school record holder in both blocks and kills and a member of the Knights' team that broke the school record for wins.

On Wednesday, the senior added one more accomplishment.

King signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play volleyball for the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles.

With the signing, King joins former teammates Christina Arvin and Christy Fulk as Knights' who have taken their volleyball skills to the collegiate level.

King's height (6'1) and added power this season, made her an attractive target for a handful of schools. But in the end, King felt that USI's cozy campus was a good fit for her personally and academically.

"The first time I took a visit there I fell in love with the campus," said King. "I really wanted to come to a campus that was a little smaller."

The USI campus is located in Evansville and the Screaming Eagles area a Division II school that competes in the GLVC Conference, which means that King will get a chance to face off on the opposite side of the net from Fulk, who plays for the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds.

At USI, King will play for coach Leah Mercer, who just completed her third season with the Screaming Eagles with a 15-14 record overall and a 9-10 conference record.

Despite being attracted to the campus, King wasn't totally familiar with Mercer's program.

But after speaking with Mercer, King feels that she should have the chance to compete immediately.

"I think that I can probably come in and play as a freshman," commented King. "But it's going to be a lot more competitive."

Competition is something that the Knights' senior is very familiar with and she hasn't shied away from playing against the sports' best.

King plays travel volleyball for the Crossroads of America team based out of Terre Haute, which gives her and her teammates the chance to travel to tournaments around the country and play against top competition.

Over the summer, King's team advanced to the AAU National Tourney in Orlando, Fla. and placed third out of 42 teams. She also earned All-Tournament and All-American honors following her performance.

Her play over the summer led King into the prep season on quite a roll.

"I think playing for COA helped the most in playing all year round," assessed King. "You get a chance to stay in a rhythm and playing against that level of competition helps too."

King parlayed her summer play into a strong senior season with Northview in which she finished third in the state with 431 kills, just short of her school-record set last year (450). King also demolished her school mark for blocks in one year with 257, which was good enough for second in the state.

Those numbers earned her a fourth straight year on the All-WIC team as Northview won a school record 31 matches.

While she's prepared to take on the added challenge of competing at the collegiate level, King will miss her friends on Northview's team.

She had the rare opportunity to come in as a freshman and play four straight years with classmates Lindsay Thomas, Kaley Huffman, Kyler Clark, Katie Timberman, Cari Laue, and Ashley Hull.

"Being able to come in as a freshman and help the team was great and to be able to play with the same girls during both club and school volleyball was pretty special," said King. "We were able to tell each other what the other was doing wrong without anyone getting mad and that made everyone better."

King plans on studying Elementary Education at USI and hopes to continue her volleyball career after college by combining her degree with the sport.

"I like being a role model for younger players and I hope that once I graduate that maybe I can continue and become a volleyball coach," said King.

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