The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

April 13, 2013

Pierce City's 3 volleyball seniors all college bound

NEOSHO, Mo. — Pierce City High School baseball coach Beau Davis might consider putting wife Allison into the Eagle lineup.

Just kidding, of course, but Allison claims she has a lofty average as the volleyball coach.

How about 1.000 (3-for-3)?

Pierce City had three seniors — Becca Hatfield, Krishna Merriman and Brianna Zebert — among its spikers this past season and they’re headed for college.

“That’s a 1.000 average and I’m not surprised they’ve made it to the next level.” Allison Davis said proudly on Saturday. “All three players are talented.”

Merriman stood out — literally — at 6-foot-1. The all-stater, home with the Eagles at middle front or middle back, according to Davis, signed with Trish Knight’s NCAA Division II Missouri Southern Lions.

Hatfield, 5-4, and Zebert, 5-9, signed with junior colleges.

Zebert, setter who rotated some outside and as a right side hitter, signed with Rob Kaleikau’s Metropolitan Community College-Longview Lakers of Kansas City.

Libero Hatfield opted for Paula Wiedemann’s Missouri State-West Plains Grizzlies.

The Eagles this year were 22-10-4 overall and third in the Spring River Valley Conference at 7-2 behind 8-1 co-champions College Heights Christian and Lockwood.

The Eagles lost in the quarterfinals in Class 1 after suffering an identical fate in Class 2 the previous season. That edition, which won the SRVC, featured all-staters Megan Golubski and Kaelyn Osborn

“We lost a lot,” Davis, glancing ahead to her third season, said. “We do have talent returning. We’ll depend on those returning senior starters — Jenny Kaiser, Laney Parrigon and Christine Younker — but we had a big sophomore class and we’ll depend on those juniors, too.

“But I’m positive every season,” Davis said with a laugh. “So much depends on how hard these girls work in the off-season. This group is committed.

“We are looking for an assistant coach (to replace Lanese Witt-Schulte),” Davis said. “Lanese, now Mrs. Kyle Slagle, helped us for two years.”

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