Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New players join Lakers Volleyball

MCC-Longview this week unveiled the new players and a new team manager that will join the Lakers this fall for the 2011 season.

Ali Tomlin, Brooke Endsley, Julia LaBella, Rebecca Jordan, Sammi Phegley and Taylor Charmichael will join the Lakers for their summer camp and training as they prepare for the upcoming season. To keep track of your Lakers Volleyball team, be sure to check in here, on Facebook and over at the Lakers Volleyball Website.

Read about where each of the new players are coming from after the jump.

Joining the team this fall will be:

Ali Tomlin
Ali Tomlin is a 2011 graduate of Blue Springs High School. She was on the Principals Honor Roll for eight semesters, graduating with a 3.81 GPA. While attending Blue Springs she was involved in extra-curricular activities such as playing Blue Springs High School volleyball as a freshman and participated in the A+ program. Ali has played six seasons of Junior Olympic Club Volleyball, most recently with the Invasion 18 Black coached by Whitney Bobbitt. While playing Club volleyball at 16, 17 and 18 she consistently ranked as one of the top performers in serving percentage, kill efficiency and blocks.

When not playing volleyball you’ll find Ali riding her horse Duster. The two of them enjoy competing in competitive barrel racing. Ali also enjoys reading, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends. She intends to focus her education with hopes of pursuing a career as a vet or a profession within the medical field.

Brooke Endsley
Brooke is a 2011 graduate from Orrick High School and is very active in her school. She is a member of O Club, FCA, yearbook staff, and is a Class Representative. She lettered all four years of high school in volleyball, track and cheerleading and lettered in her freshmen and sophomore years in basketball. In her sophomore year, she was All-Conference in track and 2nd in State High Jump and was All-Conference and lettered in volleyball. In Brooke’s junior year she was All Conference, District champion and 5th in state in the high jump. For volleyball, she was #1 in aces in class I, team captain, Varsity starter, I-70 Tournament Team, All-District, All-Regional and All-Conference 1st Team. For her senior year, she was Conference and District high jump champion and volleyball 1st Team All-Conference, District and Regional, varsity starter and team captain

Volleyball career highlight: Brooke broke the school record in kills per game her senior. The school record was 15 per game and she got a total of 21. Then the next night, she beat that record with 23 kills.

Brooke is also involved in her community. She is a member of the Orrick Christian Church and volunteers at the Orrick Community Center. One of her favorite outreaches is going to Grand Avenue Temple and serving the homeless in downtown Kansas City.

Julia LaBella
Julia LaBella is the daughter of John and Diann LaBella, born on May 3, 1993, in Liberty, Mo., “Jubes” is a 3-year letter winner for the Staley Falcons. During her senior season, she was named All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and was named team MVP for her role as the team’s Libero. Julia earned 1st team All-District and 2nd team All-Northland her junior year Julia and 2nd team All-Conference, 2nd team All-District and MVP her sophomore year. Her high school coach was Kristina Frances. Julia and her Northstars club team will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia in June to play at the USA Junior National volleyball Championship, lead by coach Laura Tomney.

LaBella has been playing volleyball since the age of twelve and attended Edge gymnastics for four years. Besides volleyball, she loves to eat Chinese food, laugh and “hang with the girls”. Her career goal is to work with children upon graduation.

Rebecca Jordan - Team Manager
Rebecca Jordan graduated from Belton high school with a 3.8 GPA. She has been playing volleyball since she was in the third grade. She played recreationally until the sixth grade and then played competitive ball until the end of her junior year. She also played as a middle and right side hitter on the Belton Jr. High, Freshman and Jr. Varsity Teams from 8th - 10th grades and then worked as the Varsity Team Manager during her junior and senior years. She has a true love for the game of volleyball.

Rebecca plans to major in Forensic Chemistry, with a minor in Criminal Justice. Her goal is to be a Crime Scene Investigator after graduation. Rebecca is very involved with Girl Scouts. She participated as a troop member from kindergarten through her freshman year when the troop disbanded; she then worked as a Junior Leader for a Brownie/Junior troop her sophomore through senior years. She continues to be an active part of this younger girl troop. Rebecca is an active member of her church youth group. She has volunteered the last few summers as a Counselor-in-Training for the Lutheran Camp in Lincoln, Missouri. This summer she is working as a Staff Counselor for their summer camp program. She loves the time she spends at camp and working with younger children to help enrich their faith in Jesus Chris

Sammi Phegley
Samantha “Sammi” K. Phegley was born on January 20, 1993 at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO. The daughter of Kevin and Debbie Phegley, she has one sister, Stephanie and one brother, Seth. Sammi is a 2011 graduate of West Plains High School in West Plains, MO. She will graduate as a two letter recipient in volleyball and soccer.

In four years on the Varsity volleyball team, Sammi earned All-Region and All-Conference honors, along with All-State and All-Conference Academic honors her senior year. Her team honors include team captain, MVP, most team kills, and most team assists. As setter, Sammi’s work ethic and strong skills will add a dynamic element to the already successful Laker Team.

Her excellence does not end at sports. Sammi graduated with academic honors as a four year A average student and received the prestigious Award of Excellence for Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity. She is a member of the school publication, the “Zizzerette”, BETA Club, and A+ program participant.

Taylor Charmichael
Taylor Carmichael is coming to MCC-Longview from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri. Taylor is very versatile and has played several roles in the Kickapoo program ranging from outside hitter, DS and Libero. Throughout her high school career she has received awards such as highest serving percentage, most digs in a season, 1st team All-Academic, team captain and team Chaplin. Taylor has played Club volleyball since age twelve. Taylor is very athletic, quick and displays a confident and calm presence on the court. She will provide great ball control and reads extremely well on defense. She is extremely competitive, determined to find a way to win. Taylor is a very hard worker and dedicated student athlete.

Taylor graduated Kickapoo High School with honors. She has been involved in several extra curricular activities such as the A+ program, Freshman Mentoring, Honor Society, and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Taylor has been involved with volunteer work for the Relay for Life, the Medical Explores Program, and has over one hundred tutoring hours working in local elementary schools in the Springfield area.

Taylor worked the past year for the Springfield Park’s Department as an after school counselor, volleyball referee, and most recently coaching a girl’s volleyball middle school team. In Taylor’s spare time, which there was not much of this past year she enjoys activities outside, drawing, working out and spending time with her family and friends.

Taylor is somewhat undecided on her major, but plans on either Radiologic Technology or Secondary Education. She plans on getting her general education classes completed and then make a final decision as to what direction to go at that time. 

Best of luck to all the new players in the Fall Season!

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