Former county athletes excelled during 2012 season

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As a freshman at the University of Indianapolis this fall, Hailey Brown has had a good amount of playing time for the women’s volleyball team.

The 2012 Brownstown Central High School graduate helped the Greyhounds go 26-6 overall and 15-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference during the regular season. Indianapolis then went 1-1 in the GLVC Tournament and 3-0 in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, with both tournaments being played on the Greyhounds’ home court. It was their fourth-straight year making it to the regional final.

This weekend, they play in the Elite Eight tournament at Pensacola, Fla., as the top seed. It’s the school’s second time advancing to the Elite Eight. The previous time was 2009.

So far this season as an outside hitter, Brown has played in 67 sets and 27 ­matches, and she started 14 times. She has 163 kills, 10 aces, 53 serve receptions, 93 digs, 20 block assists and two solo blocks.

Seven other former Jackson County high school volleyball players have wrapped up their 2012 college seasons.

Kourtney Settle, also a 2012 BCHS graduate, and Mackenzie Wieneke, a 2012 Seymour High School graduate, played their first season at Franklin College.

Settle, a middle hitter, led the team with 47 solo blocks and 197 kills. She also had 55 digs and five block assists. She was one of six players named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference all-freshman team and earned HCAC honorable mention. Also, her coaches named her the season’s “Impact Player.”

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