News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 18, 2008

College Report: Weatherford succeeding with Anderson volleyball

By Joey Bennett

Terre Haute North grad Carol Weatherford has continued the success for Anderson University’s volleyball team that she enjoyed in the first two years of her career.

The junior middle hitter was named to the all-tournament team earlier this season as Anderson went 2-2 in the Millikin Invitational at Decatur, Ill. Weatherford finished the four-match event with 35 kills, 14 digs, 14 service points and 14 blocks.

The Ravens are now 12-14 overall and 4-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season following Wednesday night’s tough homecourt loss to second-place Defiance. The visiting Yellow Jackets won by scores of 32-30, 25-21, 23-25, 17-25 and 15-12 on Dig For A Cure Night to promote breast cancer awareness.

Weatherford had 19 kills, five service points, four blocks for Anderson. On the season, she is third on the team with 173 kills and has 77 blocks, 74 digs and 22 aces.

She is an elementary education major.

In other college news:

• Hamilton seventh — Terre Haute North freshman Amy Hamilton placed seventh to lead the University of Indianapolis women’s cross country team in the Lucian Rosa Invitational at Wisconsin-Parkside last weekend.

Indianapolis was 16th overall, but Hamilton’s 5K time of 18:38 led the Greyhounds and placed her seventh among the 316 female participants.

Hamilton had the second-fastest time among freshmen, crossing just 33 seconds behind Ferris State’s Tina Muir (who was fourth).

• GVS wins title — Grand Valley State’s men’s cross country team took home a first-place finish recently at the Michigan Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships in Milford, Mich.

Shakamak grad Anthony Witt was 14th in 26:07 as the Lakers won the team title by a 55-point margin.

• HCAC tennis awards — Terre Haute North senior Katie Fleschner closed out her outstanding tennis career at Hanover College by leading the Panthers to an undefeated season in HCAC action and being named first team all-conference.

Teammate Ali Gantz of Greenwood, the girlfriend of Hanover senior men’s basketball player Dan O’Leary of Terre Haute North, was also named first-team all-HCAC.

Joey Bennett is a former Tribune-Star sports reporter and copy editor who now teaches and coaches at Northview High School in Brazil. He can be reached at

College report update


Rebecca Varnes, Sr., Manchester — Has 1.04 kills per game for the 15-8 Spartans and also has 30 blocks.


Katie Tharp, Sr., Rose-Hulman — Ranks third on team with 2.00 kills per game for the 17-10 Engineers, and also has 27 assists, 22 aces, 131 digs and 70 blocks.


Brianna Hollenbeck, Fr., Lake Land — Has five kills this season.


Ashley Hull, Fr., Lake Land — Ranks second on team with 57 blocks and also has 59 kills, nine aces, 19 digs and five assists.

Kaley Huffman, Fr., IUPUI — Has one kill and one assist in six games this season.

Brianne Arvin, So., Stephens (Mo.) — Team has 9-13 record; statistics unavailable.


Ashli Wicker, So., Lake Land — Leads team with 343 assists, also has six kills, nine aces, 81 digs and six blocks.

South Putnam

Shelby Johnston, Fr., Franklin — Has one kill in one game played this season.


Alyssa Chagnon, Fr., Vincennes — Statistics not available.

Terre Haute North

Carol Weatherford, Jr., Anderson — Ranks third on team with 173 kills and also has 22 aces, 74 digs and 77 blocks.

Casey Hayne, Fr., Lake Land — Ranks second on team with 204 assists and also has 15 kills, 10 aces, 56 digs and 12 blocks.

Terre Haute South

Kristen Seaton, So., Pepperdine — Has not played yet due to “stress reaction” in foot. Team is 15-1.

Joy Trendelman, Sr., St. Joseph’s — Has 2.118 kills per game for 8-12 Pumas, and also has 55 digs, 12 assists and 22 blocks.