Knights’ Lunsford to continue volleyball career with Statesmen
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Northview senior Linzy Lunsford has been a part of some outstanding high school squads during her four-year Knights’ career. Next season she will blaze a trail to join the Lincoln Trail College volleyball program.
While at Northview, Lunsford and the Knights won four consecutive regional championships and also played in the Class 3A state championship game in 2014.
The Robinson, Ill. based Statesmen are in the midst of restarting the volleyball program over the last few years after a 16-year hiatus in the program. Head coach Dana Goodwin has stepped in and led Lincoln Trail to a four-win season in 2016.
As a senior at Northview, Lunsford posted 98 kills and also added 92 digs with 12 aces and 12 assists. However, head coach Erica Garrison said that the senior’s versatility makes her very valuable.
“Linzy was a team leader, a senior this year and she will be missed,” Garrison said. “She can play the front row or the back row, basically anywhere that I put her. I’m excited to see what position that she will play in college.”
Goodwin was also attracted to some of the intangibles that Lunsford possesses.
“I am mainly looking for that positive outlook on the court. Just by watching Linzy when I went to see her club team play in Indianapolis, I could tell that she carried her team and never let herself get down while she played,” Goodwin said. “I think that aspect overall will help out not only her ability individually, but as a team as well.”
Lunsford credited one of her current teammates for the path that led her to Lincoln Trail.
“I play for a new travel team (the Greene County Volleyball Club) and one of the girls that I played travel volleyball with when I was 12 years old told me that she played at Lincoln Trail College,” Lunsford mentioned. “She said that if I was interested in extending my volleyball career that she could get me on.
“It was kind of crazy that one of my friends that I played with when I was 12 years old, told her (LTC) coach that I was a really good volleyball player,” Lunsford continued.”She told her that I have a really good personality on the court. She came to watch me play in a tournament.”
Lunsford has some interest in perhaps studying Agricultural Business in college. She noted that she is looking forward to beginning the next step of her playing and academic career.
“I went over there for a college day and I’m already friends with three of the players on the team. So they showed me around and I’m going to start going to spring workouts with them,” Lunsford said. “I’m looking forward to the experience and to be able to learn from some of the older girls and learning new things.”