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Rex will challenge for libero position

Monday, May 31, 2010

Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal has announced the addition of libero Stephanie Rex from Brownsburg, Ind., for the 2010 season.

Rex was a 4-A All-State second team performer for Brownsburg High School. She also plays for the Circle City volleyball club based in Indianapolis.

“The Circle City volleyball club is a very competitive club,” Rosenthal said. “They are always in the mix of playing for the national championship every year.

“She comes for great training and from a very competitive atmosphere. She is a great girl. She knows the game well.”

As a senior Rex set a new school record for digs in a season with 647. She averaged 6.7 digs per set. She recorded more than 1,405 digs for her career.

She was named the “best” defensive player in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

“She is going to get a good shot to play the libero position starting her freshman year,” Rosenthal said. “Stephanie is very relaxed out there.

“She is not a huge vocal leader. But when she wants to get stuff done she is not afraid to step up into the mix and let everybody know this is what we have to get done.”

In 2009 she was selected for the Indiana All-Star South Team for Division 4-A/3-A.

In 2009 Rex was named first team All-District. She was a second team pick in 2008 and 2009. She was also a member of the All-Conference team in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

As a senior she was named to PrepVolleyball.com’s “Defensive Dandies” third team.

“Stephanie is very quick on the court,” Rosenthal said. “One of the things she does the best is she reads plays well. Her volleyball I.Q. is very high. We teach how to think about the game.

“What we are looking for is a player who continues to do the right things over and over. She lends herself to that. To be named to that volleyball list is quite an accomplishment. We continue to find players who might be a little bit under the radar but are very good volleyball players.”

Last season Katie Rose, who will be a junior this season, moved into the libero spot. Rosenthal would like to move Rose back to the front row as a middle blocker, her position as a freshman.

“Katie Rose did a great job for us last season,” Rosenthal said. “This spring we moved Katie back to the front row. We had a good spring and she got a lot of reps on the front row.

“The nice part about it is we know what Katie can do. We will see what happens the early part of the fall season. The nice thing about it is we know what Katie can do at libero if we have to have her jump back in there.”

Rosenthal calls Rose one of the “unsung” heroes from last season.

“Katie just went about her business and got the job done,” Rosenthal said. “There is no way we could have done what we did last year without her.

“It was not a seamless transition. It has always been a matter of putting the team first for Katie. She worked very hard at it. She deserves more accolades for what she did.”

Also providing support at the position are seniors Elly Kaiser and Tory Ashcraft, also a setter.

Stephanie is the daughter of Marcia and Bill Rex.

Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.