Volleyball Eagles Ink Four During Early Signing Period
HATTIESBURG, Miss -- Golden Eagles volleyball coach Amanda Berkley announced the signing of Ashley Berry of Spring, Texas, Molly Coughlan of Cincinnati, Ohio, Alexis Douglas of Naperville, Ill., and Catherine Repsher of Carl Junction, Mo. to national letters of intent and grant-in-aids to join to the Southern Miss volleyball program for the 2016-2017 academic year.
"Overall, the class we've signed have some great athletes," Berkley said. "They all have something that will help us improve on our team. They all come from good families and club teams. They are going to be a great addition to Southern Miss."
Ashley Berry, 5'10 Outside Hitter, Spring, Texas / Klein HS
A four-year letterwinner for Klein High School ... Named to First Team All-District as a senior ... Named one of Houston's "Top Headliners" for volleyball by Houston Vype Magazine ... One of team's leaders in kills and blocks per set for junior and senior seasons ... Recognized as District honorable mention as a junior ... Earned Academic All-District honors ... Earned a 3.9 GPA ... Member of Student Council and Klein Standleaders ... Daughter of Edward and Hazel Berry.
"Ashley Berry is a really physical player and she will be great in Conference USA. She is a great all-around player, jumps really well and has a hammer as an arm. She is going to do some great things at Southern Miss."
Played for Houston Juniors Elite.
Why Southern Miss?
"I chose to attend The University of Southern Mississippi because of the strong kinesiology program that's offered, the beautiful campus that's presented and a volleyball program that features what I'm seeking. I immediately bonded with the team and coaches. The environment was so welcoming, it felt like home."
Molly Coughlan, 6'2 Middle Blocker, Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills HS
A three-year letterwinner and starter for Walnut Hills High School ... Named team captain senior year ... Earned the team's Offensive MVP Award ... Presented with the Athletic Director's Award for holding a 4.0 GPA senior year ... Received second team All-Conference honors ... Received All-Conference Academic Award ... Ranked 2nd in block per game and 9th in kills per game in the conference ... Finished career with 360 kills and 164 total blocks ... Honor Roll student ... Member of the National Society of High School Students ... Daughter of Gerard and Karen Coughlan.
"Molly Coughlan is a solid middle. She has been playing at a very high level on a very good club team. She has all the tools to be a good middle for us. Good lateral movement and good all-around skills."
Played middle blocker for Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club (NKYVC) ... Ranked seventh in the nation by AES ... Finished second gold in 17 National Division at USA GJNC ... During 2015 with NKYVC in 17s: Placed second gold in 18 Open at Presidents Day, third gold in 18 Open at Winterfest, third gold in 17 Open at Central Zone, fifth gold in 17 Open at Big South plus three additional silver finishes.
Why Southern Miss?
"I chose Southern Miss for three reasons. One, I've always wanted to go to a school in the south. Two, Southern Miss volleyball has a great program, with a strong team that is willing to fight for the win, and a team that feels more like a family. Three, Southern Miss has one of the best government agencies programs in the country. They have the exact major I want to go into and have the resources to help me get there. I couldn't imagine myself at any other school. Southern Miss has everything I've been looking for!"
Alexis Douglas, 6-2, Right Side Hitter, Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley HS
Three-year letter winner and starter at Neuqua Valley High School ... Received DVC Honorable Mention two years in a row ... Helped her team break school record wins with 25-11 her junior year and a school record breaking 29-9 her senior year ... This past season her Varsity team won the first Regional Championship in Neuqua Girls' Volleyball history as well as the highest ranks in all tournaments ... Ranked among the team leaders in attacks and blocks with 192 kills and 54 blocks her senior year.
"Alexis who plays on an outstanding club team. She is a great kid with a great attitude. She will be a great blocker for us."
Played for Sports Performance Volleyball Club for seven years
Why Southern Miss?
"I chose Southern Miss because the campus is beautiful, it has that college feel to it, and I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. At first, I didn't know if I wanted to go that far away from home, but once I stepped on campus I knew that distance wouldn't be a problem. I love the coaches and professors and how they are willing to help me get the most out of my college experience. Southern Miss offers multiple opportunities that will benefit you for the rest of your life and not just those four years. I also liked that Southern Miss has a strong and competitive athletic program and they have proved to be very talented in that department this year."
Catherine Repsher, 6'1 Outside Hitter, Carl Junction, Mo. / Carl Junction HS
A three-year letterwinner and starter for Carl Junction High School ... Named team captain senior year ... Named Conference Player of the Year as a senior ... Named to First Team All-Region, First Team All-District and First Team All-Conference her senior year ... Also as a senior: Awarded MVP at the CJ Classic and made All-Tournament Team for Ozark Grand Slam ... Named to Second Team All-Conference and was All-Region honorable mention as a junior ... Made First Team All-District and Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore ... Helped her team earn second place in State 3A Championship sophomore year ... Was a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society.
"Cat is a going to be a very versatile player for us. She can play in the middle and has done a great job on her club team as a middle, but could also be an outside hitter for us. She jumps really well, has good mechanics and moves well."
Played for Springfield Junior Volleyball Club ... Helped her team place first at MEQ National Qualifier in 2015 ... Also helped her team to 13th place at 2015 Nationals in New Orleans ... Named to the Under Armour Watch List.
Why Southern Miss?
"I chose Southern Miss because of the great atmosphere of the school and how much school spirit the volleyball coaches and team have. I have always wanted to live in the south and the SOUTHERN MISS campus was everything I was looking for. I believe the volleyball program will challenge me as a player and as an individual. Southern Miss will help me pursue my chosen career and educational path in Maine Biology. I am beyond excited to start a new life with such a great program!"