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VOLLEYBALL INKS THREE

Coach Michael Robinson GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum College volleyball coach Michael Robinson has announced that three student-athletes have committed to attend Tusculum and play volleyball for the Pioneers. Joining Tusculum this fall are Sam Underwood, Bailee Price and Alyssa Raterman.

Underwood, a 6-0 outside hitter/middle blocker from Muncie, Ind., was a three-time All-State selection at Cowan High School. She was a First Team All-State choice in her final two prep campaigns, while also garnering All-Conference and All-County recognition four times. Underwood was an All-Area pick in 2007 and was the MVP of the Blackhawk Invitational in her senior season.

She also played her club volleyball for Munciana. Off the court, she was twice named to the National Honor Society and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

"Sam is an outstanding addition to the Tusculum Volleyball program," said Robinson. "She not only brings explosiveness and athleticism to our offense, but is a quality young lady. Her tremendous will to win and her love for volleyball shows every time I watch her play. Coming from an outstanding club and high school, she knows nothing except high level volleyball. We are fortunate to gain a player and person like Sam."

Price, a 5-9 outside hitter from Fort Wayne, Ind., was a four-year starter and three-time team captain at Northrop High School. She also played for the N3 Volleyball Club. She earned All-Summit Athletic Conference First Team honors three times and was a three-time All-Area First Team honoree. Price was named to the All-Northeast Indiana Fist Team twice, while earning Second Team All-State recognition in her senior campaign. In 2008, she was named Conference Player of the Year and was the recipient of the Glass Spike Award from the Summit Athletic Conference.

"I am excited to add a player and person like Bailee to our program," Robinson said. "She brings so much to the table, being an excellent defender, primary serve receiver, and an incredible offensive threat. She has the ability to hit the ball with pace and the intelligence to hit crafty shots as well. In addition to gaining a very well rounded volleyball player, we have also gained a terrific young lady. Bailee is an excellent fit for our program."

Price was named the 2008 Prepsports Volleyball Player of the Year and is Northrop's all-time leader with 1,309 career kills. She is also second in school history with 186 career service aces and third with 877 career digs. She helped lead her prep team to three Sectional titles, including her senior year where she posted 444 kills, 332 digs and 57 aces.

Price is currently a member of the Student Council and has been a member of the "Stay in Bounds Program and Teaching Academy for three years.

Raterman, a 6-0 middle blocker from Urbana, Ohio, earned First Team All-League honors three times and was also a three-time All-County selection. She earned All-District 9 recognition in her junior and senior seasons and garnered All-Ohio Honorable Mention in 2008. During her senior campaign, she led Urbana in kills, blocks and digs as her team advanced to the State Regional semifinal.

"The addition of Alyssa to our program is tremendous," Robinson added. "She brings athleticism, intelligence, and outstanding work ethic, and this is what will allow her to succeed in the middle for us. I expect Alyssa to come in and make an impact for us not only on offense, but defensively I think she has the ability to shine and anchor the first line of our D. She is an outstandi

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