Lindsey, Richmond and Staehlin Named Volleyball's Captains
M.C. Richmond was a first-team All-Valley selection last season
M.C. Richmond was a first-team All-Valley selection last season

Aug. 21, 2007

NORMAL, Ill. - Three days before opening the 2007 campaign against No. 7 Florida, Illinois State's volleyball team named its captains, as voted on by the 14-member squad. Juniors Erin Lindsey and M.C. Richmond, along with senior Kari Staehlin, all earned co-captain nods. Lindsey and Richmond were All-Missouri Valley Conference First-Team selections last season, while Staehlin collected Second-Team plaudits in 2006.

Head coach Sharon Dingman saw the three players as ideal selections to help the Redbirds contend for a Valley championship this season.

"It makes perfect sense that these three are named our tri-captains," said Dingman. "They are our leaders on the volleyball court, in the classroom and on campus. If leadership means anything, we will have a very good year. Kari, Erin, and M.C. set examples every day of how we want our volleyball players to behave. They compete every point of every drill, they are diligent in their studies and they are leaders on campus."

During the 2006 season, Lindsey ranked second in the MVC in assists-per-game (11.96 apg). She recorded 40 or more set assists in 20 matches on the season, and tallied 17 double-doubles (set assists-digs). She enters this season as ISU's career active leader in assists-per-game (12.51), and was voted a preseason All-Valley selection.

First-team All-MVC right side hitter Richmond will anchor the front-row lineup. She collected double-digit kill efforts in 23 individual matches, including the last seven of the season, and hit .300 or better in 11 outings. She joined Lindsey on the preseason All-Valley squad.

Staehlin, a three-year starting middle blocker, has established herself as one of the most prolific offensive players in Illinois State history. She ranks fifth all-time in career hitting percentage (.295), and her 3.93 career points per game ranks second in the all-time ISU annals. Staehlin's 4.40 points per game in 2005 and 4.37 points per outing last season are the top two single-season marks in program history. Staehlin has also accumulated 1.04 blocks per game over the past three years, ranking ninth overall in that category.

The Redbirds and Gators will face off in the season opener at Redbird Arena Friday beginning at 7 p.m. The match is being tabbed "Spread the Red" night. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear their red in what is anticipated to be one of the largest home crowds in Redbird volleyball history. To claim single-game tickets, call (309) 438-8000, or log on to GoRedbirds.com.