Milligan volleyball signs Lock, Easter

from staff reports

   Milligan College head volleyball coach Kim Hyatt has announced the signing of two athletes for the 2004 season.
   Erin Lock, a senior standout from Lee County High School, joins the Lady Buffs lineup.
   Lock is a middle hitter who has been named to the All-Highlands District team, All-Region IV team, and All-Southwest Va. team. Additionally, she received All State honorable mention.
   This past season Lock broke the school's record for blocks in a season in the first six matches, shattering the old record, 48 blocks, with a season high 157 blocks. She finished her high school career with 210 blocks in only two years and was a key player in obtaining the school's first volleyball championship.
   Hyatt looks forward to the addition of Lock to her roster.
   "Erin is a strong middle hitter. With her great work ethic and leadership ability, she will be a contributing athlete on and off the court," she said. "We are very pleased that Erin has decided to join the Lady Buffs for the 2004 season and look forward to her contributions."
   Lindsey Easter, a senior from Alcoa High School (Tenn.) also has signed with the Lady Buffs for the 2004 season. Easter will be an outside or offside hitter for the Lady Buffs.
   During her senior year, Easter served as the varsity team captain at Alcoa. She was named to the All-Blount County team, District 3-AA all-tournament team, and Region 2-AA All-Region tournament team.
   Furthermore, she was named the Player of the Year (District 3 AA) and received the ALCOA Coaches Award. In East Tenn.'s Blue Chips, she ranked 11th in kills, 22nd in blocks, and 34th in aces.
   Sam Thomas, head volleyball coach at Alcoa High School, said: "In five years of coaching high school volleyball, Lindsey has put forth greater effort and shown greater improvement than any player I have coached. She is a great leader and a terrific example to others."
   Hyatt added: "Lindsey has a very strong work ethic and great leadership ability on and off the court. We have watched her play throughout club season and she has become a very accomplished athlete. We are very happy to have Lindsey as part of the Lady Buffs volleyball team."
   Lock and Easter join other five other recruits for the 2004 season, including Alison Slagle, Brandi Forbes, Alyssa Graber, Amanda Hyder and Emily Rigney.