Chattanooga volleyball announces signing of four players for 2008 season

With the loss of six seniors, the Chattanooga volleyball program has announced the addition of four scholarship players for the 2008 season as well as the awarding of scholarships to two returning players.


The Lady Mocs have added freshman scholarship players in Stephanie Harville (Morristown, Tenn.), Elaine Kuhn (San Antonio, Texas) and Sarah Crowley (Roscoe, Ill.) while netting junior transfer Cassie Connor (Willow Spring, Ill.) from Ball State University


Chattanooga has also announced that two returning players, junior middle blocker Laura Nethery (Hixson, Tenn.) and freshman setter Bailee Chastain (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), have earned the Lady Mocs remaining two scholarships for the upcoming season.


Signee Capsules

Cassie Connor • 5-11 • Junior • Setter • Willow Spring, Ill./Lyons Township HS/Ball State


Connor joins the Lady Mocs following two years at Ball State University where she appeared in a total of 38 matches for the Cardinals. As a sophomore this past season she averaged 5.53 assists and 1.19 digs and posted averages of 5.23 assists and 1.19 digs as a freshman.


A native of Willow Spring, Ill., Connor was an accomplished high school player at Lyons Township as she was named to the All-West Suburban Conference team after guiding the Lions to a 31-9 record and second-place conference finish as a senior. That year she collected 148 kills and posted a .372 hitting percentage to go along with 86 digs, 48 aces, 37 assists and 17 blocks.


She was also named to the Academic All-Conference and Rich-East All-Tournament teams in her final year and led the Lions to two regional and sectional titles over her four years. Additionally, she was a member of the Sports Performance volleyball club team.


Connor comes from a volleyball family, as two of her sisters played college volleyball, including her sister Caitlin who was a four-year letterwinner at La Salle from 2003-06 and finished her career second on the Explorers assist list with 2,666.


Coach Lisa Rhodes on Cassie Connor

“I am excited to have the tallest setter that I have ever coached with 2 years of D1 experience at Ball State. I think Cassie will bring leadership, as well as exceptional skills to our setter position”.


Sarah Crowley • 5-11 • Freshman • Outside Hitter • Roscoe, Ill./Hononegah HS

Crowley is the second Illinois product to join the Lady Mocs for next year and is expected to help fill the void left by one of two out going Illinois natives on the Chattanooga roster. An outside hitter, Crowley will contribute at outside hitter following the departure of senior Jamie Engel (Troy, Ill.).


A two-time all-conference selection at Hononegah High School, Crowley was also a two-time Scholar Athlete and was on the Academic Honor Roll all four years. She also helped lead her club volleyball team, Club Fusion, to a Regional championship in 2007.


Coach Lisa Rhodes on Sarah Crowley

“An excellent outside hitter with good height.  At 5”11”, she brings depth and ‘court smartness’ to our outside position.  Blocking and shot selection will be key for her this fall”.


Stephanie Harville • 6-1 • Freshman • Right Side Hitter/Setter • Morristown, Tenn./Morristown-Hamblen HS

The Lady Mocs tallest signee, Harville is expected to contribute at right side hitter and setter and help offset the loss of senior right side hitter Sarah Bass (Baton Rouge, La.). She is a four-year all-conference selection and was named the IMAC Player of the Year as a senior.


That same year, the Tennessee native was named team MVP as she led the team in kills and blocks and set the career record for the program in both categories. Harville is also a member of the club volleyball team TEVA based out of Bristol, Tenn.


Coach Lisa Rhodes on Stephanie Harville

“Stephanie brings excellent height to our front row. She is versatile in her play with experience in setting, right side hitting and middle hitting.  She will push for playing time this fall in the right side position”.


Elaine Kuhn • 5-11 • Freshman • Middle Blocker • San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights HS

A very accomplished player, Kuhn comes to the Lady Mocs following a high school career in which she was chosen as an all-district selection in 2006 and 2007 and was named the 2006 New Player of the Year. That same year, she was invited to take part in the All-USA High Performance Volleyball Camp. In 2005, she helped lead her team to the Cobb County championship.


In addition to her high school accomplishments, Kuhn is a member of the Alamo Volleyball Club based out of San Antonio. She is expected to help offset the loss of First-Team All-Southern Conference performer Leslee Ball (Sycamore, Ill.) at the middle blocker position.


Coach Lisa Rhodes on Elaine Kuhn

“A highly recruited middle hitter with exceptional quickness and competitiveness.  She will vie for one of the two middle hitter positions left vacant from the loss of two seniors”.


2008 Chattanooga Volleyball Signees

Cassie Connor, 5-11, Junior, S, Willow Spring, Ill. (Lyons Township HS/Ball State)

Sarah Crowley, 5-11, Freshman, OH, Roscoe, Ill. (Hononegah HS)

Stephanie Harville, 6-1, Freshman, RS/S, Morristown, Tenn. (Morristown-Hamblen HS)

Elaine Kuhn, 5-11, Freshman, MB, San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights HS)


Returning Chattanooga Players Awarded Scholarships

*Junior middle blocker Laura Nethery (Hixson, Tenn.)

*Freshman setter Bailee Chastain (Signal Mountain, Tenn.)

 *Non-scholarship in 2007




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