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Wednesday, April 15, 2009Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal has announced the signing of outside hitters Amanda Rhein and Kory Honel.
Rhein, 5-foot-11, is from Pleasant View, Tenn. She is homeschooled. She played for the Aaron Academy Lady Royals, a homeschool team. She played two seasons for the Lady Royals and two seasons for the Baltimore Bravehearts.
Her high school career stats include 1,467 kills (490 per season), a .560 hitting efficiency, 524 service aces (131 per season), a .80 serving efficiency and a 409 digs (136 per season).
In 2008 and 2007 she was the MVP of the Aaron Academy team. In 2006 as a sophomore she was named to All-Baltimore County First Team by the Baltimore Sun and Second Team All-Metro by the Balitmore Sun. In 2005 she was named Second Team All-Baltimore County by the Baltimore Sun. She is the first female athlete from Aaron Academy to earn an athletic college scholarship.
“We are very excited about adding Amanda to the roster,” said Rosenthal. “She is a very good player looking to take her game to the next level. She is very dedicated.
“She is also a very physical player. She has great fundamentals. Once she gets into our system she will be a huge asset for us both offensively and defensively. “
Since she was an eighth grade Rhein has been coached by her mother, Carol. Her eighth grade team was the National Champion in the National Homeschool Volleyball Tournament. Last season her team won the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference Championship and the Conference Tournament Championship.
“Amanda has obviously been successful in the Nashville and Baltimore areas,” said Rosenthal. “I’m excited about her maturity level coming into our program.
“She wants to get better every day. She understands it is going to be a process. She is willing to put in the extra time and extra effort. She has yearning to be good not only in the basics of the game, but in the nuances as well. She brings a high level of coachability.”
Honel, 5-9, plays for Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School in Bourbonnais, Ill.
“Kory has a great personality,” said Rosenthal. “Her personality is very contagious. People are really going to like her and want to get to know her.”
In 2008 she was an All-American at the Junior Olympics and was a member of the All-Tournament team in the American Division.
In 2007 she was an All-State honorable mention selection. In 2006 and 2007 she was an All-Region selection. She was captain of her club team in 2008 and 2009. She was the MVP of her high school team in 2007.
She played on the fifth place Junior Olympics team in 2008. Honel was named to the 2008 Junior Olympic All-American All-Tournament Team in 2008. She participated in the USA High Performance Development Camp in 2006 and 2007.
“Kory is very athletic,” said Rosenthal. “She jumps extremely well.
“She has a real good knack for the nuances of the game,” said Rosenthal. “She is a lot like Jessica Turner was when she played for us. She has power in her game that you would not expect.”
Honel was credited with 481 kills from 2005 to 2007. She did not play for her high school team as a senior.
“She trained with club team for boys,” said Rosenthal. “She comes from a very athletic family.
“Offensively, she is very strong. With her athletic ability she adds to our style of play.”
Her brother, Kris, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round of the 2001 Major League Draft. Her father was an All-American baseball player at Eastern Illinois.
“Kory wanted to go to a program where she would be challenged from day one,” said Rosenthal. “To hear an 18-year-old player say she wants to get better every day really struck a chord with me.”
Rhein is the daughter and step-daughter of Carol and Richard Green and the daughter of Frank Rhein, Jr., of Annapolis, Md.
Honel’s parents are Mary Kay and Mike Honel.