Women's Volleyball Commitments

2018 Season

Katie Tarkington

Hometown:  Vandalia, IL
High School: Vandalia Community High School
Club Team:  H2 Saint Louis
Height:  6’0
Position:  Middle Blocker
Major:  Elementary Education 

Accomplishments: 4-year starter, Newcomer volleyball award 2014-15, Most Kills team award 2015-2016, Third Team South Central Conference 2016.

“Greenville is the home away from home that I have been searching for. The campus size and atmosphere was exactly what I wanted. I love how close the team is and how they act like one big family. I am definitely excited to start my journey as a Panther!”

Coach Ackerman – “We have been aware of Katie for several years, and we have been impressed with her development as a player in the last year.  As a program, we knew that we needed to attract a quality middle who could compete early in her career. Katie fits that bill very well”.

Shayna Stremming

Hometown: Pana, IL
High School: Pana High School
Club Team: Rapid Fire
Height: 5'8"
Position: OH
Major: Accounting

Accomplishments: 4 year starter (9 Varsity Letters), 2014-2015 PHS Scholar Athlete, 2015-2016 PHS Scholar Athlete, 2016-2017 PHS Scholar Athlete, 2014-2015 People's Bank Athlete-of-the-Month, 2015-2016 People's Bank Athlete-of-the-Month, 2016-2017 People's Bank Athlete-of-the-Month, 2015-2016 2nd Team All Conference, 2016-2017 3rd Team All Conference, 2014 Most Digs, 2015 Most Digs, Most Saves, Highest Hitting %, 2016 Most Saves, Captain.

“I never really knew where I wanted to go to college or what I wanted to study, but I knew I wanted to play volleyball. After interacting with the team at camp, and visiting Greenville University, it felt like home. I love how everything is centered around God, as well as the small, home-like campus.”

Coach Ackerman – “Shayna from Pana is an excellent volleyball player. As our first commitment for fall 2018 we could not be any happier. We are losing several outside hitters to graduation and Shayna has the skills to have an immediate impact on the court for us; her ability to play 6 rotations is exactly what we need next fall”.

2017 Season

Annie Jordan

Hometown: Batavia, IL
High School: Batavia High School
Club Team: Cyclones Aurora
Height: 5’4”
Position: Setter
Major: Elementary Education

Accomplishments: 2013 Rookie of the Year, All Academic 2014, 2015 Fighting Spirit Award, Team Captain 2015, 3rd most assists in Batavia High School history

“While visiting Greenville, I knew this was the right place for me. I saw God everywhere I went on campus. Seeing that as an active part of the volleyball program just made me fall completely in love with the school.”

Coach Ackerman - “Annie is going to be an excellent asset for us on and off the court.  She is a team first kid who will contribute greatly to our culture at Greenville.  She is a seasoned setter who makes her teammates better and works extremely hard to impact every match she is in."

Abby Quirin

Hometown: Smithton, IL
High School: Freeburg High School
Club Team: St. Louis
Height: 5'6
Position: Setter
Major: Exercise Science

Accomplishments: 2016 All-Conference Team, 2016 All-Area Honorable Mention, 2016 Most Valuable Player, 2016 Team Captain, Athlete of the Month, 2016 All-Tournament Team, Mighty Midget Awar

"I attended PVA multiple times and fell in love with the campus and coaching staff.  On my visit, I was amazed at how nice and welcoming everyone was. I am beyond excited to be part of the Greenville family.”

Coach Ackerman - "Abby will make an excellent addition to our setting position.  She will contribute early for us because of her work ethic and commitment to improve not only herself, but the people around her."

Madison Clayton

Hometown: Taylorville, IL
High School: Taylorville High School
Club: Illini United
Height: 5’4
Position: Libero/Defensive Specialist

Accomplishments: Student of the Month; 2015 Most service points; 2016 Most digs; 2016 All Tournament Team; 2016 Co-Captain; FCA Leader

"I have wanted to play for Greenville since 8th grade Volleyball camp.  While at camp, I fell in love with the coaching staff and campus.  I was very excited to know that they come together as a team, pray and worship and that God is the center of all they do!" 

Coach Ackerman - "Madison has been connected to our program for a long time through our summer camps, we have always had an eye on her.  She is a dynamic player that is passionate on the court and plays with an intensity that is contagious." 

Anna Finch

Hometown: Moline, IL
High School: Moline High School 
Club: Platform Elite
Height: 6'0
Position: Middle Blocker

Accomplishments: 2014-2016 Blocking Award, 2016 Hitting Award, 2016 Team captain.

"I knew Greenville was a special place as soon as I walked on campus. Their main focus is serving God, and I could tell immediately that I was meant to be there. I can't wait to be a part of the Greenville family." 

Coach Ackerman - "Anna is an extremely athletic player who will transition quickly to the college game, she has been well coached and comes from excellent high school and club programs.  She understands what it means to put others above herself and has a true heart for the Lord, we can’t wait to have her in a Panther uniform."

Whitney Nichols

Hometown: Elkhart, IL
High School: Mt. Pulaski
Junior College: Illinois Central College
Club Team: Top Notch
Height: 5’11”
Position: Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist
Major: Graphic Design and Computer Arts 

Accomplishments: 2011-2012 Honorable Mention Decatur Herald, The Pantagraph, State Journal Register, and All-Conference. 2011 State Runner-Up. 2012-2013 Second Team Decatur Herald and All-Conference. Honorable Mention State Journal Register and The Pantagraph. 2012 State Runner Up. 2013-2014 First Team Decatur Herald and All-Conference. Second Team State Journal Register and The Pantagraph. Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival All-Tournament Team. 2014-2015 First Team Decatur Herald, The Pantagraph, State Journal Register, All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-State. Mt. Pulaski Fall Festival, Belleville East, and Glenbard Autumnfest All-Tournament Teams. Selected as an All-Star starter in the first ever Central Illinois All-Star Game. 2014-2015 Team Captain. Leader in digs and kills both junior and senior year. Illinois Central College, leader in passing average and digs.

"When I visited Greenville, I felt very much at home. It was comfortable and easy going, which is why it was so easy for me to commit. GCVB is something special. I am a competitor who will doing anything to find a way to win and that’s what I noticed about GC. They will do anything to win. I am thrilled to being joining this stellar program. They are a family and I can’t wait to be a part of it."

Coach Ackerman - “Whitney is a seasoned player who has played for an excellent high school program, club program, and junior college.  She has excelled at all three levels and we expect her to do the same for us.”

Nicole Jordan

Hometown: Rinard, IL
High School:  Cisne High School
Junior College:  Frontier Community College
Position:  Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist
Height: 5'10"
Major: Exercise Science

Accomplishments: 2015-16 NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence recipient; FCC Chief Executive Academic Honor Award.  2015 Team MVP, Most Aces/Best Server Team Award, Offensive Player of the Year, MTC All-Conference Team, Flora Invitational All-Tournament Team Most Valuable Player, 2013 Regional Champs, 2014 Regional Champs, Back to Back Sweet Sixteen action.

"After visiting the campus, the Christian atmosphere and the warm, welcoming staff and students were what really convinced me that Greenville was the place for me.  Transferring from a small community college, the campus size made the decision easy for me as I feel this will be a perfect transition. In addition, the fact that I get to be a part of such an amazing volleyball program (family) will only enhance my over experience at GC!”

Coach Ackerman - “We are always looking for culture kids in our program, and we are confident that Nicole will be an excellent fit in that regard. She has a contagious passion for the game. Nicole has excellent ball control and we’re excited to add another transfer with some college level experience to our roster."

Sarah Weiland

Hometown:  Sullivan, Missouri
High School: Sullivan High School
Position:  Setter
Major:  Special Education

Accomplishments: 2016-Academic All-Conference, 2016-Missourian All-Area,2016-Volleyball MVP Award, 2016-2nd Team All-Region, 2016-1st Team All-District, 2016-1st Team All-Conference 2016- SHS, Varsity Team Captain,2016-Franklin County United Team Captain, 2015- Academic All-Conference, 2015- 1st Team All-Conference, 2015-2nd Team All-District, 2015-Missourian All-Area 3rd Team Setter, 2015-Licking Summer Camp (Missouri S&T) All-CampTeam, 2015-Volleyball MVP Award, 2014-1st Team All-District Team, 2014-Windsor All-Tournament Team, 2014-Prep Volleyball Soph 79-Special Mention, 2014-Licking Summer Camp All-Camp Team, 2013-Prep Volleyball Frosh 59-Special Mention

"From the beginning Greenville had my heart. I love the community, family, and faith-based atmosphere. I will get to continue playing the sport that I love while becoming the person I want to be. Everyone at Greenville has been a blessing to work with and I knew I wanted to become a part of this family. "Great Are You Lord”.

Coach Ackerman - “Sarah has had an excellent high school career and we can’t wait to have her in our gym. She is an extremely competitive player who expects a lot out of herself and her teammates. Sarah has the athleticism to contend at the highest level for us, and we’re excited to have her join us this fall”.

Haley Banks

High School: West Aurora High School
Club: Cyclones
Position: Opposite
Height: 5’7"
Major: Education

Accomplishment: 2016 Team Captain, 2015 - 2016 Conference Champion, 1st place at Mideast National Qualifiers 2015, 5th place at USAV Nationals 2015.

"From my first visit at Greenville I fell in love with the college. Everyone is very friendly and it was like a big family; a family I want to be part of. I could easily see myself being a part of this community and I can't wait for the experience."

Coach Ackerman - "Haley has been a part of quality volleyball programs for years and we know she will bring what she has learned there to our gym. She has a high volleyball IQ and she always finds a way to score. Haley wants to be a part of a family environment and that is something we are confident we can provide; we can’t wait to have her here."

Abby Freeman

High School: Queen of Peace High School
Club: Ultimate VBC
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 5’9"
Major: Psychology

Accomplishments: 3 year Varsity athlete, 2015 AVCA Phenom List mention, 2015/2016 Regional Champion, 2016 Sectional Champion, 2016 Super Sectional Champion, 2016 State Champion, Team Captain

“I’m so thankful for Greenville for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love.  This place feels like home, it has the family atomsphere I was looking for in a school.  I can’t wait to do big things at this school with my new team this year!”

Coach Ackerman - "Abby is an explosive player with the ability to score in a variety of ways.  She is extremely competitive and has a drive to win, that was very attractive to us as we recruited her.  Abby will make the transition to the college game very quickly and will play a huge role for us early in her career."

Alexandra Gardner

High School: Washington Union High School
Club: Cyclones
Position: Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker
Height: 5’11"
Major: Pre-Nursing

Accomplishment: Scholar Athlete 2014/2016, Co-underclassmen All League 2014, 2nd Team All-League 2015, 1st Team All-League 2016, Most Valuable Offensive Player 2015, Most Valuable Defensive Player 2014, Co-Captain Award 2016, Female Athlete of the Season 2014/2016

"After serious contemplation about flying half way across the country to attend college, I decided that Greenville would be the perfect place to land after making such a daring jump. Everyone at the school made me feel like I was at home and I can't wait to be joining them on the court next fall!"

Coach Ackerman - "Alex is a special athlete and as she develops she is going to be an incredible player in the conference.  She has the ability to help us in a variety of ways and she is joining a very talented class."

2016 Season

Allyson Grabowski

Hometown: Du Bois, IL
High School: Nashville Community
Club: Y High Impact
Height: 5’6
Position: Libero

Accomplishments: 2012-2015 Varsity Letter, 2013 Serving Award, 2012-2014 Conference Champions, 2012 Regional Champions, 2013 Track Rookie of the year, 2014 Most Valuable Track Athlete, 2015 Track All South on: Defensive Specialist / Setter
Major: Biology / Physicians Assistant

"Greenville has everything that I was looking for in a college, both academically and on the volleyball court.  I have been following Coach Ackerman and his team since grade school volleyball camp and I am humbled and honored to be a part of the Panther family."

Coach Ackerman - "Allyson is a high-energy player who has the ability to play for us in more than one position.  We have had our eye on her for a very long time and we are always impressed with her effort and her enthusiasm."

Alex Falcone

Hometown: Sellersburg, IN
High School: Silver Creek
Club: Union Volleyball
Height: 5’7
Position: Setter / Defensive Specialist
Major: Occupational Therapy

Accomplishments:  2012 Coach's Award, 2012 Most Improved Player, 2012-2015 All-Around Player Award, 2014, 2015 Team Captain, 2012-2014 Sectional Champions, 2012-2014 Regional Champions, 2014 Semi State Champions, 2014 State Finalist, 2014 All-State Honorable Mention, 2014, 2015 All-Star Invite Nominee, August, September, and October 2015 Player of the Match, 2012-2014 Academic Athlete Award, 2012-2015 Most Assist Award, 2015 Conference Champions, 2012-2015 Starting Varsity Setter

"I am beyond excited to be player at Greenville. As soon as I stepped on campus and met the coaching staff and the team, I knew this was the place for me. It feels like home here and it never ceases to amaze me how loving and caring everyone is. I am very excited to begin my adventure as a Greenville Panther.”

Coach Ackerman - "Alex is a great fit for Greenville College and an excellent player who will contribute to our success very early in her career.  She has a winning mind set and is able to command an offense."

Lauren Witte

Hometown: Collinsville, IL
Junior College: Southwestern Illinois College (Belleville)
Club: Illinois Heat
Height: 6’0
Position: Right Side / Middle Blocker
Major: Physical Therapy

Accomplishments: 2013 Third Team All Conference, 2013 Most Improved, 2013 Academic All Conference

"Just a few minutes into my official visit at Greenville, I realized that I wanted Greenville to be my next step in life. I absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere. It has everything I was looking for in a school with the Christian atmosphere, academics, and the athletics. I cannot wait to start this next chapter in life, get to know the team, and see what all God has planned for me!”

Coach Ackerman - "Lauren is a huge asset to our program and we love that she is coming to us with college experience.  She is adding another solid attacker to our offense and she provides us with options both as an opposite and a middle."

Cheyenne Vaca

Hometown: Salado, TX
Highschool: Salado High School
Club: Texas Eclipse
Height: 5’10
Position: OH
Major: Biology

Accomplishments: 2013-14 1st Team All District Volleyball, 2012-13 Academic All District Volleyball and Softball, Volleyball Varsity letter 2012-2015, Softball Varsity letter 2012-13, Varsity Track letter 2012-2-13, Honorable Mention Softball 2012/2013, Pure Energy 16U team MVP 2012/2013, Pure Energy Club MVP 2012/2013, 2nd Team All District 2014/2015, All Area 1st Team Selection 2014/2015, Salado HS Offensive MVP 2014/2015, Texas Eclipse Offensive MVP 2014/2015, All Tournament Honors Tex-Fest 2015/2016, KDH 2x Pressbox Player of the Week 2015/2016, District 25-4AMVP 2015/2016, All State 4A Texas Girls Coaches Assoc. 2015/2016, KDH All Area Most Outstanding 2015/2016, FCA Victory Bowl 2015/2016, Salado Volleyball MVP 2015/2016. 2016 USAV National qualifier

"I am extremely excited to be part of such an amazing program. The moment I stepped onto campus I felt life I was at home. Being from a small town in Texas, I was looking for a college with that type of feel and Greenville fit that description perfectly. Never did I think I would be attending a school in the North, but I definitely found my home and I couldn’t be happier."

Coach Ackerman - "Cheyenne is a tough kid who will bring an element of enthusiasm and competitiveness to our program. She has played at a very high level and we anticipate her being able to contribute for us very early in her career. She is a six rotation player who can score on teams in a variety of ways, we are very excited to add her to our roster."

Maci Bonacorsi

Hometown: St. Peters, Missouri
High School: Fort Zumwalt East High School
Height: 5'9"
Position: Right Side
Major: Business Administration/Marketing

Accomplishments: 2015 2nd Team All Conference, 2015 2nd in Team Kills, 2015 District Champion, 2015 Class 4 Elite 8, 2015 ALL Academic Team.

"Everyone at Greenville was very welcoming from the moment I stepped on campus. I love how close all the girls are on and off the court. Greenville has the Christian environment in the academic and athletic programs that I was looking for in a college. I look forward to the new experiences Greenville has to offer."

Coach Ackerman - "Maci is a gifted player who is going to keep improving and be a big asset for our program. She is a great fit for us on and off the court and we are confident she will thrive in her time at GC."

Evalynne Snyder

Hometown: Centralia, IL
High School: Centralia High School
Club: Gravity, H2 St. Louis, RC Flyers
Height: 5’7
Position: Setter/DS
Major: Accounting

Accomplishments: 2012-2015 Varsity Letter, 2014 South Seven All-Conference Honorable Mention South , 2015 South Seven 2nd Team All-Conference, 2015 Co-Captain, 2015 All Tournament Team at Massac County Tournament, 2016 Scholar Athlete Award, 2016 Presidential Fitness Award

“I have been a part of Greenville volleyball since grade school, attending all the camps and being apart of the club team for a while. Also being able to watch my sister be a part of this growing program, I pretty much grew up here. I knew it was the place for me, all the others could not compare. It has been a great program for many years and still growing. It is like another family, on and off the court. Being able to be a part of this growing program is an honor. I can not wait to be a Panther and play for Coach Ackerman. This is going to be a truly amazing experience.”

Coach Ackerman - "Evalynne is a quality pick up for us and she has the ability to play several positions making here an asset to us. She has been in our gym since a young age and she knows what our program is all about. We are looking forward to having her on our roster next fall."

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."

 Jessica Booker

Hometown: Vandalia, IL
High School: Vandalia Community High School
Club: Vandalia Vertical
Height: 5’2
Position: Libero/DS
Major: Biology

Accomplishments: 2013-2015 Varsity Libero, 2014-2015 Varsity Captain, 2013-2015 "Miss Defense" Award, 2014-2015 "Most Digs" Award, 2012-2014 Varsity Letter

"I'm super excited to be able to play volleyball again, and joining such amazing people that will allow me into their family. I'm also stoked to expand my knowledge of religion, skills, and accomplishments. I can't wait to be playing for Coach Ackerman and to be a Greenville Panther!" 

Coach Ackerman - "Jessica is a high-energy player who will add depth to our defense.  Her speed and athleticism make her an asset, and we are expecting her to quickly adjust to the college game."

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
Accomplishments:
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.

"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!"

Coach Ackerman - "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"

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. 

Coach Ackerman - "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

"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!"

Coach Ackerman - "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."

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).

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

Coach Ackerman - "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." 

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

Coach Ackerman - "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.

"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!"

Coach Ackerman - "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."

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  

 "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!"

Coach Ackerman - "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."