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2015 Season

Riley Hannula

Hometown: Kaneville, IL
High School: Kaneland High School
Club: Club Fusion
Height: 5’10
Position: Middle Blocker
Major: Special Education

Accomplishments: 2012 Kaneland Knights Volleyball Leadership Award, 2013 Area Top Blocker, 2013 All-Conference Honors, 2013 All-Area Honors, 2013 & 2014 Varsity Captain

“The second I stepped onto Greenville's campus I felt at home. I met the volleyball family and I felt like I was a part of it. Playing volleyball for Greenville will be an amazing experience and I'm beyond excited! Greenville is a place where I know I will grow as a player, person, and Christian. Can't wait to be a Panther!”

Coach Ackerman - “Riley is an exceptional player and will compete for a spot in our varsity lineup very early. Not only is she an excellent player, but she is a quality person and exactly the type of player we want to attract.”

Kaytlynn Roberts

Hometown: Effingham, IL
High School: Effingham High School
Club: TopSpin
Height: 5’8
Position: RS/OH
Major: Biology

Accomplishments: 2014-2015 Varsity Captain, 2012-2014 Varsity Letter, 2011-2014 Hustle Award, Attack Award 2013-2014

"Words can't describe how excited I was when I received a phone call from Coach Ackerman. I am looking forward to getting to know the girls and becoming apart of the family. Greenville is a perfect place for me due to the fact that they have an outstanding volleyball team and recognize religion. I am so grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to be a Panther!"

Coach Ackerman - "Kaytlynn is a very energetic player and her passion for the game is contagious; she has played club at a high level for several years and is very versatile."

Sarah Watts

Hometown: Rankin, IL
High School: Paxton Buckley Loda High School
Club: Primetime
Height: 6’0
Position: Outside Hitter
Major: Exercise Science & Pre-Physical Therapy

Accomplishments: 2014 Varsity Captain, 1st Team All Conference, Special Mention All- Area, 2014 MVP, 2014 Most Offensive, Paxton Record Athlete of Fall, Current record holder for most kills in a season, Two Time All-Tournament Team at Timberwolf Tip Off, PBL Classic All- Tournament, Parkland College All-Tournament, 2014 All- Academic Team, 2014 Parkland Area All- Star Team.

"Greenville College has a unique vibe that I could not forget about during my college search. The team is truly like a family and I feel very fortunate to be apart of such a great program! I can’t wait to see how I develop as a student, athlete, and individual."

Coach Ackerman - "Sarah is a solid player who is very athletic. Her ability to play all six rotations and terminate the ball will make her an early contributor on our squad. Off the court she is a great fit for us, and she will definitely add to our culture."

Felicity Giddings

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
High School: Newport Harbor
Club: Momentous
Height: 5’9
Position: Setter/Right Side
Major: Biology

Accomplishments: 2014 Sunset League All-Academic, 2014 Varsity Letter, Team Player of the Week 2014, Max Squat 205 lbs. 2014, 2013 JV Captain

"I am terrible at making decisions and also getting out of my comfort zone, but Greenville made it easy for me to do both. The community of the school and the team gave me this gut feeling that this is where I needed to be, even if it is almost 2,000 miles away from home."

Coach Ackerman - "Felicity is an extremely competitive player that will enhance our team dynamic immediately. She has played at a very high level and the transition into the college game will be seamless for her. Her experience at Newport Harbor High School and with Momentous VBC has put her in a position to contribute very early for us."


2014 Season

Emma Tracy

Hometown: Hannibal, MO
High School: Homeschooled
Club: Riverfront Bruisers
Height: 5’8
Position: Setter
Major: Elementary Education

Accomplishments: Varsity Team Captain 2010-2013, All Region 2011, All-American 2011-2012, Christian Character Award 2010-2012

“When I visited Greenville, I was shocked to be honest to see just how much God is working. It was the only team that made an impact on me while i was visiting. I am super excited to be apart of the team, and at a place where I can grow as a person, and in my relationship with the Lord.”

Coach Ackerman - "Emma will bring much needed depth to the setting position. She will add a great deal to the culture of our team, we have been very impressed with her character and work ethic."

Alexia Douglas

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School: Oakville Senior High School
Club: St. Louis Surge
Height: 5'6"
Position: Setter
Major: Chemistry

Accomplishments: 2008-2014: Gateway Region Club Volleyball, 2010/2013:Oakville High School Volleyball, 2010: USAV High Performance Select Girls Team Camp, 2011/2012: Sports Performance 10-day Setters Academy, Chicago

"I'm so excited to be going to Greenville College! I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be playing volleyball in college, especially in a program with such positive perspectives and values, and to become part of the Panther Volleyball 'family'."

Coach Ackerman - "Alexia is a solid setter and good defender who has the potential to contribute for us in many ways. Alexia has great experience and is someone who can lead on and off the court."

Allyson Mitchell

Hometown: Gurnee, IL
High School: Warren Township High School
Club Team: Wisconsin Juniors
Height: 5’10
Position: Outside Hitter
Major: Early Childhood Education

Accomplishments: 2011/2012- best server/attacker award, 2012/2013-Varsity letter, 2013 All Conference Team, North Suburban Conference All Academic Award, Regional Champions, 2013/2014-Varsity letter, Captain, Most improved Award, Best all around player award, All Area Team Award, North Suburban Conference All Academic Award, Regional Champions, Sweet Sixteen

"I'm so blessed to be a part of such a great family! Since my first visit I knew Greenville was the place for me. I can't wait to be on the court with my new 'sisters'!! GO PANTHERS!!!"

Coach Ackerman - 

"Allyson is not only a great player, but she has a very competitive nature that will drive her to contribute for us very early. We expect big things from Allyson and she is exactly the type of player we want to recruit."

Brittni Bell

Hometown: Delavan, IL
High School: Delavan High School
Club Team: Illini Elite Volleyball Club
Height: 5’11
Position: OH
Major: Undecided

Accomplishments:  2011/2012/2013 Varsity Letter, 2012 Most Team Kills, 2013 Offensive Player of the Year (Most Team Kills, Aces and Blocks), 2011/2012/2013 Delavan Invitational All Tourney Team, 2011 Tomahawk 2nd Team All-Conference, 2012/2013 Tomahawk 1st Team All-Conference, 2013 Team Captain

"I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to play volleyball at Greenville on a team that lives for Jesus! God directed my path throughout my college search and made it clear that GC is where I should be. I am excited to improve as a player, build life-long friendships with teammates, and grow in my faith. Go Panthers!!"

Coach Ackerman - "The ceiling on Brittni is very high and I expect her to blossom into an incredible player very quickly. We are very impressed with Brittni’s interaction with her teammates and coaches. She understands what it means to be a team player."

Naomi Hall

Hometown: Greenville, IL
High School: Greenville High School
Club Team: Gravity
Height: 5’8
Position: Outside Hitter
Major: Undeclared

Accomplishments:  2012 Defensive Award, 2013 Unsung Hero Award, 2013 South Central First Team All Conference

"I'm thrilled to be joining the team at GC! I look forward to furthering my skills, education, and faith!"

Coach Ackerman - "Being a native of Greenville, Naomi has grown up around our program and understands our core values.  We are looking forward to having someone that knows our systems and can add familiarity to the team!"

Kirsten Laune

Hometown: Ashland, NE
High School: Ashland Greenwood High School
Club Team: Premier
Height: 5’5
Position: Setter
Major: Undecided

Accomplishments: 2011 All-Conference Honorable Mention, 2011 Omaha World Herald Small School All Area Mention, 2011 Wahoo Newspaper All Area Honorable Mention, 2011 Omaha World Herald All State Honorable Mention, 2011 Lincoln Journal Stare All State Honorable Mention, 2012 Second Team All-Conference, 2012 Omaha World Herald Small School All Area Mention, 2011 Wahoo Newspaper Second Team, 2012 Omaha World Herald All State Honorable Mention, 2012 Lincoln Journal Stare All State Honorable Mention

I am excited to play again next year to not only have the opportunity to play the sport of volleyball again but be a part of such an amazing family.”

Coach Ackerman - Kirsten's speed and strength are very impressive and we are confident she will play a significant role in our lineup.  She has leadership qualities and has already proven that she understands what it means to put others first.

Erica Graczyk

Hometown: Eldorado, IL
School: Eldorado High School
Club Team: Mission UnBlockables
Height: 5’10
Postion: MH
Major: Pre-Nursing

Accomplishments: 2011-2012: Gateway Region Club Volleyball, 2010/2011/2013: Varsity Letter, 2013: Varsity Team Captain, 2011: Black-Diamond Second All Conference Team, 2013: Black-Diamond First All Conference Team, 2013: NCOE Invitational All Tourney Award, 2013: Massac County Super Slam Invitational All Tourney Award, 2011: Participant of the U.S. Amateur Volleyball Challenge at the University of Illinois.

“From the minute I arrived on campus I could immediately tell that Greenville would be the school for me. The team and the coaching staff were very welcoming. I felt that I fit right along with the players! The Panther Volleyball program has very meaningful core values that I can't wait to be included in. I must say that I am honored to be a part of the GC Volleyball team and can't wait to start the 2014 season!”

Coach Ackerman - We are very excited to add much needed depth to the middle hitter position.  Erica is extremely athletic and has the potential to become a serious force in our conference. 

Billie Zach

Hometown: Hanford, CA
Junior College: College of the Sequoias
Height: 6’0
Position: MB/OH
Major: Psychology

Accomplishments: 2011-2012 Top Ten Highest Kill Percentage, 2012-2013 All Conference Second Team, 2013-2014 All Conference First Team, Team Captain 2012-2013

I'm so excited and thankful to be able to join the Panther volleyball team, it is such an honor to be able to play at a higher level.  I'm also looking forward to playing under coach Ackerman and the successful and positive program he has helped to create!”

Coach Ackerman - Billie has already proven her ability to play at the college level and we are confident she will have an early impact on our success.  She is an explosive athlete with experience in several different positions.

Hannah Baker

Hometown: Granite City, IL
High School: Bethel Christian Academy
Club Team: Southern Heat of Edwardsville/RC Flyers
Height: 5’8
Position: Outside hitter
Major: Dietetics

Accomplishments: 2012-2013 Full Ride Volleyball Scholarship to Lewis and Clark Community College, 2012, 2013 All-Conference Team

At first, I was only interested in Greenville because I thought it would be an awesome experience to play volleyball for Greenville. After visiting the campus, I soon realized that I would not only love to play there, but I would be able to get the degree I wanted. I would have a great experience living on campus, making friends, and not only learning for my education, but learning about God, and his plans for my life. If what I do does not glorify God, I should not be doing it.”

Coach Ackerman - We have been recruiting Hannah since she was a senior in high school ad we are happy to see her join our roster.  She had an excellent career in junior college and she has all the skills necessary to excel in our program.

Katie Westbrook

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
High School: Phoenix Christian High
Club Team: AZ Nava Thunder
Height: 5’9
Position: Outside hitter
Major: Philosophy

Accomplishments: 2012 Set the record for best passing percentage, 2013 Set record for best hitting percentage, 2014 captain for varsity and beat my own records of hitting and passing and received MVP award. (-All Section First Team, All Division Second Team)

"When I met these girls, I could see the passion for the game, and the passion for their Creator as soon as I saw them play, and that was something I had to be apart of. The Greenville Volleyball program is so amazing, and God has blessed me with another amazing gift."

Coach Ackerman - Katie is a passionate player and she has an energy that is contagious.  It is evident that Katie will be able to add to our program on and off the court.

Marissa Lovell

Hometown: Noblesville, IN
High School: Hamilton Heights
Club Team: Vision Volleyball
Height: 5'9
Position: OH
Major: Business Management
2008 MIC All Conference Honorable Mention
2009 MIC All Conference 2nd Team,
2010 MIC All Conference Honorable Mention, Best Offensive Player Award

"The minute you step on campus you can tell there is truly something special about Greenville College. The uplifting environment allows you to grow in your faith and the people themselves are so genuine and encouraging. I cannot wait to represent this school because there really is no place like it!"

Coach Ackerman - We welcome Marissa back to our program with open arms. She is an excellent player with a lot of weapons that will be useful next fall. Marissa had an impressive freshman year hear and we can’t wait to get her back on the court.

2013 Season

Tori Ahlers

Hometown: Bethalto, IL
Highschool: Civic Memorial High School
Club: Parkway Lightning VBC
Height: 5'7
Position: OH/DS
Major: Sports Management

Accomplishments: Varsity Team Captain 2010 and 2011, All-Tournament Awards 2010 and 2011, Eagle Pride Awards 2009 and 2011, Four-year Varsity Letter, Awarded Assistant Coaching Position.

"Tori will add much needed depth and versatility to our roster, her experience at the college level will be very valuable.  She understands the game and has proven she can compete at a high level"

"Greenville is a program worth investing in! I prayed that God would lead me in the right direction through my college decision process. I definitely think God knows my heart! Can not wait to join the Greenville Volleyball Program!"

Emily Thebeau

Hometown: De Soto, MO
Highschool: De Soto Senior High School
Club: JC Crush
Height: 5'11
Position: S
Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine

Accomplishments:1st Team All-Confernce 2011, 1st Team All-conference 2012, 2 year captain. 

"We are very happy to add another setter of Emily's ability to our roster.  Emily plays with enthusiasm and she has great leadership qualities.  She will be a great asset to our team."

Brianna Cox

Hometown: Carlinville, IL
High School: Carlinville High School
Club Team: Gravity VBC
Height: 5'3"
Position: Libero/DS
Major: Biology/Pre-Medicine

Accomplishments: 2009 IHSA State Final Four, 2011 South Central All-Conference (1st team), 2011/2012 Defensive Player of the Year, 2011/2012 110% Award, 2011/2012 MVP, 2012 Macoupin County All-Tournament (1st team), 2012 South Central All-Conference (2nd team), 2012 All-Area Honorable Mention

"Brianna is a good defender with excellent court awareness.  Brianna has had an excellent high school career and played for a solid program.  She is a great teammate and we are proud to add her to our roster."

"I am so excited to become part of the Greenville Volleyball team! I'm thankful for the opportunity to better myself as a player and to build new friendships through the sport I love. I can't wait to be a Panther!"

Savannah Sells

Hometown: Highland, Il
High School: Highland High School
Club Team: Gravity VBC
Height: 6'4"
Position: MB/Opp
Major: Undecided 

Accomplishments: 2009/2010 Most Improved Player, 2010/2011/2012 Varsity Letter, 2012 First Team All-Conference, 2012 Granite City Fall Classic All-Tournament team, 2012 Highland Bulldog Invitational All-Tournament team, 2012 O'Fallon Autumn Classic All-Tournament team, 2012 Highland News-Leader "Athlete of the Week"(5 weeks).

 "Savannah is an incredible athlete and has the potential to contribute very early for us.  I have watched Savannah develop for several years and I am impressed with how she improved over the years.  Her ability to block and terminate will make her a force to be reckoned with." 

"Glad to be welcomed into the the GC Volleyball family! I can't wait to get the season started!!"

Becca Winemiller

Hometown: Albion, IL 
High School: Edwards County High School 
Height: 5'8
Position: OH/Opp 
Major: Physical Education 

Accomplishments: LIC honorable mention 2 years, lettered 3 years for varsity, captain, LIC All-Academic Award

"Becca is an excellent fit for our program and she truly understands the concept of team first.  She plays with passion and joy and it is contagious." 

"Ever since I came to volleyball camp in the seventh grade I knew that Greenville was where I wanted to be. Being able to be a part of team that is centered around Christ is a dream come true for me!"

Sierah Ruffner

Hometown: Vandalia, Illinois
School: Vandalia Community High School
Club Team: Gravity VBC
Height: 5'11"
Postion: MH
Major: Computer Information Systems

Accomplishments: Four year Varsity player. 2009, 2010, 2011, & 2012 South Central All Conference Team. 2011 Pana Tourney Champions. 2012 Vandalia and Altamont Tourney Champions. 2012 Conference Champions. 2012 Regional Champions. 2011, 2012 Best Blocking percentage. 2011, 2012 Team Captain. 2012 MVP.

"Sierah is extremely athletic and continues to improve her game.  She will transition to the college game very fast and will contend early for a significant role in our lineup."

"I CANNOT WAIT TO BE A PANTHER!!! I am so excited to meet and get to know everyone! I hope my skills will be a great addition to the Greenville College Volleyball Team and can't wait to learn from everyone else as well! Go Panthers!"

Brooklynn Zamzow

Hometown: Piedmont, MO
High school: Clearwater
Club team: NSSC
Height: 5'8"
Position: OH/DS
Major: Physical Education

Accomplishments: Varsity Captain, BRL all conference 2011 2012, OFC all conference 2011 2012, All District, Defensive, serving, and hitting awards  

"Having a player like Brooklynn on our roster makes us better instantly.  She has the ability to play several positions and to be effective in all of them.   Her ball control may be her greatest strength, but she has good athleticism that allows her to be an asset at the net as well."

 "I am very excited to be a Greenville panther! I know I will learn so much playing with this team. It will be a great place for me to grow as a player and a person, and get to know some really great people!"

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