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Volleyball team signs two recruits for 2002

Nov. 19, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University volleyball coach Cathy George has announced the signing of two high school players to National Letters of Intent.

Schea Fissel of New Washington, Ohio, and Abby Gephart of St. Joseph, Mich., will attend Western Michigan and play volleyball, beginning in the fall of 2002.

"I feel very fortunate to have four extremely talented players coming in at the same time," George said. "All the players in this class have the ability to play at a high level. We're expecting great things."

Fissel was a Division IV First Team All-Ohio player this season and earned Division IV Second Team honors as a junior.

"Schea is very physical, intelligent, and aggressive," George said. "She has a high work ethic--she works hard all the time. She's a good blocker who is very fast and very powerful. Schea brings a wealth of experience."

The 6-1 Gephart is a strong all-around athlete, earning first team all-state honors in basketball, volleyball, and softball as a junior. She has scored more 1,300 points in basketball during her career.

"Abby has excelled in every sport she's ever played in," George said. "Her basic instincts for every game are so solid. She's naturally good in all skills. She's physically dominant and a strong presence at 6-1. Abby can jump and move and is very imposing."

Shannon and Shaylen Jackson of Kalamazoo (Kalamazoo Central High School) signed letters of intent to play basketball at WMU and will also compete in volleyball for the Broncos.

For more information, visit the Broncos on the Web at <www.wmubroncos.com>.

Media contact: Geoff Brown, 616 387-4138, geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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