Canisius College volleyball head coach Cathy Hummel announced today that Lauren Lackovich (Bloomington, Ill.), Jessica Stackhouse (Warsaw, N.Y.), and AshleyMarie Weber (Wentzville, Mo.) will join the Golden Griffins for the upcoming 2004 season.
“We are very excited about this incoming class,” Hummel said. “All three of these student-athletes have great credentials, and we feel they can help this program as we look to take the next step within the conference.”
Lackovich was selected as Central Catholic’s Most Valuable Player after the Saints finished third in the Illinois High School Association’s state championship tournament in 2003. She was an all-conference and all-area selection after her senior year and led the team in assists. Lackovich is also active off the court, volunteering her free time with the Illinois Special Olympics, the Ronald McDonald House and Humane Society of Central Illinois.
“Lauren is a quality setter and she was able to experience great competition in her team’s run towards a state title last season,” Hummel said. “She knows what it takes to win, and we are looking for her to bring a winning attitude to the team.”
Stackhouse joins the Golden Griffins after winning six varsity letters in volleyball at Warsaw High School. Stackhouse holds the school record with 1,702 career kills and earned second-team all-state honors after her final high school season. Stackhouse picked up a gold medal in the 2003 Empire State Games and was a four-time all-county and team MVP selection. A three-sport athlete at Warsaw, she won five varsity letters in softball and four letters in basketball.
“Jess is a great athlete and we feel her athletic ability will help us tremendously,” Hummel said. “Adding a player of her talent to our roster gives us additional depth and allows us to do some different things from match to match.”
Weber was honored as the 2004 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Missouri and was chosen as a first-team all-conference and all-district selection after her junior and senior seasons. A three-time team captain, Weber was named the team’s MVP after her freshman year.
“Ashley is a quality player with tremendous amount of talent,” Hummel said. “We expect her and Lauren to contribute at the setting position this year.”
The Griffs return eight letterwinners and four starters from last year’s team that finished 16-13 overall and 5-4 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action. Canisius opens the 2004 season Friday, Sept. 3, at home against Texas-Arlington in the first game of the 2004 Western New York Tournament.