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**For Immediate Release**
Viney Has Taken Charge of OPSU Volleyball
-by Aggie Sports 06/05/06

Goodwell, Okla. -- Eric Viney has taken charge of the Oklahoma Panhandle State volleyball program and has hit the ground running with a winning attitude. Viney has announced that six promising new players will be joining the Lady Aggies this fall.

Sarah Moran, of Platteville, Colorado, will join the Lady Aggies via Lamar Community College. She will be taking over the libero position and is a very consistent passer and defender with a great instinct for the game. While at Lamar, she was a team captain for two years and set numerous school records in the 2005 season including 518 total digs, a 4.28 dig/per game average, and a single game record of 29 digs.

Moran tallied 20 or more digs five times in 2005 and was named to the All-Region IX South honor team. Viney said, “With Sarah’s ability to pass and defend, she will be a major part in OPSU Volleyball success in 2006.”

Catherine “Cat” Clay is a two-time New Mexico 4A Player of the Year whom Viney says is the type of athlete that every volleyball program in the nation is looking for. Coming out of Deming High School, she will perform for OPSU as an outside and middle hitter.

Viney’s enthusiasm for OPSU Volleyball is contagious and he said he is very excited to have Clay as a part of the OPSU program. The first year coach added, “Cat is the ideal athlete that every coach wants to have involved with his program. She is extremely athletic, skilled, and court savvy. Needless to say, the expectations we have for Cat during her career here are limitless. Everyone needs to keep an eye out for this athlete.”
Clay will also compete for the Lady Aggie basketball team.

Cheryl Coldwell, out of Norman, Oklahoma High School will be a setter for the Lady Aggies. According to Viney, “Cheryl is an extremely quick and athletic kid with a great deal of potential. I have seen Cheryl play a number of times and each time I watch her play it just solidifies my very positive opinions about her. We are looking for Cheryl to step in right away and compete for the starting setter position.”

Cassie Zvonek is from Moore, Oklahoma and competed for Redlands Community College. She will be an outside hitter for the Lady Aggies and Viney said, “Cassie comes to OPSU after just one season at Redlands CC where she was an outside hitter. She will be a very positive influence for our program, and has a great personality to go along with her good athletic ability. We are looking for Cassie to push for some significant time at the outside hitter position. I am very happy to have Cassie on the team.”

Carli Whittler of Guymon, Oklahoma will also be joining the OPSU program. She was both an All-Region and All-State selection and adds depth to the position of setter for the 2006 season. According to Viney, “Carli has a true competitive nature that is unmatched by a lot of athletes. Her competitiveness will help her get onto the court next year and help her learn how to handle a complex college-level offense. I am impressed with Carli’s work ethic and passion to want to be the best. We need that kind of desire in our volleyball program.”

Caryn Scofield of Guymon is also expected to join the Lady Aggie squad and is also expected to make a contribution. The addition of Scofield and Whittler, along with sophomore-to-be Alisa Byers, puts three Guymon players on the Lady Aggie roster.

Prior to joining the OPSU coaching staff, Viney coached at North Dakota State University for two seasons. In 2003 he was head coach at Marietta (Ohio) College. At Marietta, he led the team to an 18-13 record and earned conference Coach of the Year honors.

Fans will be impressed with the enthusiasm Viney brings to the OPSU gym this fall and he expects to sign several more new players.

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