'Toppers' Hyder to play volleyball for Lady Buffs

from staff reports

   Amanda Hyder from Johnson City has signed a letter of intent to enroll and play volleyball at Milligan College.
   Hyder, who has played the last four seasons at Science Hill High School, was named to the Big 7 Conference Team, the district tournament team, and the Tennessee Athletic Coach Conference All-East Volleyball team this past season.
   Hyder will play outside hitter at Milligan this fall.
   "We are very excited about Amanda joining our team; being one of our top recruits we feel she has a great future at Milligan College," said Kim Hyatt, head volleyball coach at Milligan College.
   "She is an outstanding hitter and defensive player and her skills will help promote the Lady Buffs to the next level. Amanda is our first recruit from Science Hill and we hope to have many more athletes join her at Milligan."
   Since 1995, Milligan athletic teams collectively have won more than 20 conference titles and qualified for 14 national championship tournament berths.
   Graber inks volleyball pact
   Alyssa Graber, from Montgomery Ind., has signed a letter-of-intent to enroll and play volleyball this fall at Milligan College.
   Graber has played volleyball the last four years at Barr-Reeve High School and is an outside/middle hitter with excellent hitting power. Her achievements this year include All Blue-Chip Conference and All-Area Co-MVP.
   She is also a star academically, being named to the ICGSA Academic All-State Honorable Mention team.
   "Alyssa is an extremely hard-working athlete who works to improve her game on a daily basis. She is dedicated to the sport and loves to compete," said Amber DeCoursey, head volleyball coach of Barr-Reeve High School.
   Milligan head coach Kim Hyatt added: "Alyssa was one of our top recruits and we are very fortunate that she chose Milligan as her future volleyball home."
   Lady Buffs look to be 'Sharp'er
   Amber Sharp from Fort Defiance High School, Verona, Va., has accepted an athletic scholarship to play softball at Milligan College.
   Sharp joins Happy Valley High School's Alicia Dick as the second signee for the 2005 season.
   An All-Star pitcher with three state championships to her credit, Sharp finished her 2003 campaign with a .396 batting average and pitched a 1.71 ERA.
   Her career batting average is .397 and her career ERA is at 1.25.
   "We are elated that Amber has chosen Milligan for her collegiate career," said Milligan's head softball coach, Wes Holly. "She is a great fit for the Lady Buffs."
   Joining talented pitchers Brandy Waddle and Traci Harrison, Sharp will add depth to the Lady Buffs' mound.
   "Amber's a strong pitcher. Coupled with the talent of Brandy and Traci, she should contribute early on to the team's strength on the mound," said Holly.
   Completing the 2003 season as runners-up in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament and boasting a 20-8 record, the Lady Buffs open their 2004 season at home against Mars Hill, Monday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.