A new face will patrol the sidelines of Ruth Lilly Center during volleyball matches this fall, but expect to see plenty of similarities when the Greyhounds’ 2013 edition takes the court. Jason Reed steps in as the new head coach to replace two-time national coach of the year Jody Rogers, who is now leading Virginia Commonwealth. Reed comes to UIndy after spending the last two seasons at North Dakota State and four years at Western Michigan, including NCAA Division I Tournament appearances at both stops. “UIndy volleyball is still going to be known for being very fast and aggressive,” Reed said. “That’s always the way that I’ve liked to see volleyball played and it’s been a hallmark of the success of UIndy.”
With any new coach, some changes are to be expected as Reed tries to keep UIndy at its lofty perch as one of the best programs in NCAA Division II, especially after last season’s appearance in the national semifinals. “We’re going to look to be stronger on the service line to keep our opponents off balance and force them into mistakes,” Reed said. “I’m also hoping to create even more balance from an offensive perspective to keep a lot of our players involved and make it hard for our opponents to prepare for us.”
While the coaching staff will be new, plenty of familiar faces will take the floor for the Greyhounds, led by junior All-American setter Meghan Binkerd. The 2011 AVCA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year improved as a sophomore in 2012 to rank eighth in the country with 11.66 assists per set and 1,667 total assists, which was second all-time in a single season at UIndy.
“We’re not worried about Meghan’s individual performance, but the true mark for her will be how well everyone else elevates their game around her, and that’s a big responsibility,” Reed said. Binkerd will have a proven terminator in the middle with the return of Brittany Anglemyer. The senior was playing her best volleyball in the NCAA Tournament; she was named to the NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships All-Tournament Team. She ranked seventh in the GLVC with a .312 attack percentage in 2012 with 352 kills and 115 blocks. “We need Brittany to have continued success as a senior,” Reed said. “She’s been seen and scouted, but still has room to grow and get better. Hopefully she will develop a few more shots, develop a little bit more consistency in her blocking, and take her game to the next level.”
Questions for UIndy will come on the outside and in the back row as several returning players and newcomers will compete for playing time. In the front row, All-American outside hitter Kristina Kerrigan and four-year starting opposite Kourtney Crawford have graduated and left openings in the starting line-up, while two-year starting libero Amy Oldenburg has also exhausted her eligibility. On the outside, senior Kenzie Bruggeman, junior Arielle Knafel and sophomore Hailey Brown all spent time in the starting line-up in 2012 and hope to solidify a position in 2013. Freshmen Micah Scott, Jasmine Obren, and Ellen Line will challenge for playing time. Canadian import Alyssa Garrett comes to campus with the inside track to take over as libero; sophomore Jamie Wallace and junior Kimberly Trojan could also play into the conversation.
The Greyhounds, ranked 12th in the final 2012 Top 25, will start the season on the road for the first three weeks before its home opener on Sept. 28 with a NCAA Tournament rematch against Rockhurst at 5 p.m. UIndy will close the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. against William Jewell.
Women’s soccer hopes to build on last season
With a roster of 15 returnees and eight new additions, UIndy women’s soccer will look to build on a solid foundation during its 2013 season. “The core of our group is still here in players like Shelby Spinelli, Nicole Duncan, Kaitlyn Braunig, Katie Crump, and Megan Fee,” UIndy head coach Kiley Cirillo said. “We always start a number of freshmen; we are really setting ourselves up for success.” The 2013 edition of the Greyhounds returns more than 90 percent of its scoring output from a season ago, including both its top goal-scorer in Spinelli and top assist-producer in Duncan. In addition to the Spinelli/Duncan pair, UIndy also returns a talented sophomore class that produced four starters last season. The second-year starters in Lindsey Adams, Jessica Bently, Taylor Cotherman, and Lindsey Bryant all return for 2013 with a year of experience behind them.
Adding to the mix will be a talented batch of newcomers, who according to Cirillo will all have the ability to give significant contributions during the upcoming season. There will be competition for a spot at every position. “Our team is really getting the message we are sending,” Cirillo said. “They are looking to make a complete 180—a complete change in direction.”
Last year’s UIndy women’s soccer squad finished 8-9-0 overall, with a 7-8-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference record. The Greyhounds finished just outside the GLVC tournament field and will be looking to improve upon that in the coming year. “The past has laid a great foundation,” Cirillo said. “We have set out for the purpose of being relevant on the national stage. “Our girls carry themselves like winners; it’s time to show who we are.”
Basketball update: Greyhounds in the pros
University of Indianapolis men’s basketball continued to make its mark on the pro game during the 2012–13 season with four alumni who are making significant contributions around the globe. David Logan, former NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, competed for one of the world’s top teams with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and helped them add to their trophy case. In 34 Winner League games Logan recorded 9.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. He helped them to win the cup and make the league final. Logan also played 27 games in the Euroleague, where he averaged 10.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, and 1.1 spg and contributed to Maccabi making it to the quarterfinals. Logan, the 2009–10 All-Polish League Player of the Year, has also played in the Euroleague for Panathinaikos in Greece (2011–12), Caja Laboral in Spain (2010–11), and Asseco Prokom in Poland (2009–10).
Adrian Moss spent his rookie campaign north of the border as he helped the London Lightning win their second consecutive National Basketball League of Canada championship. A part-time starter at point guard for London, Moss averaged 10.3 points, 5.0 assists, and 1.7 steals per game as he ranked seventh in the NBL in assists, ninth in steals, and ninth in free throw shooting (.811). Moss scored a career-high 25 points in game two of the NBL Finals against Summerside as the Lightning won their second championship in four games and completed a 39-9 season.
A third former Greyhound All-American, Darius Adams, made his European debut this season after starring in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic during the 2011–12 season. He started the year playing 14 games in the Ukraine Superleague for Kryvbasbasket, where he averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. That earned Adams a promotion to the France ProA league for the final four games of the regular season, where he contributed 6.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.
UIndy’s leading scorer in his lone season in the Crimson and Grey (2001–02), guard Cedric Moodie also played in the NBL last season, averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game for the Halifax Rainmen.
—Matt Holmes, Assistant Athletic Director, Media Relations