The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 18, 2013

Pittsburg's Andie Kasper, three others, sign with Pitt State volleyball

By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer

— Pittsburg State volleyball coach Ibraheem Suberu knows exactly what he’s getting in Pittsburg High School’s Andie Casper.

“I’ve known Andie since she was about 11 or 12 years old,” Suberu said. “I’ve been fortunate to see her grow in the community and as a player.”

Suberu announced Thursday that Casper, Fort Scott Community College transfer Ashley Bell, Texas prep star Taylor Wright and Tyler Junior College transfer Adrienn Amaro will join the Gorillas for the 2013 season.

Casper, a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist, was a three-time all-Southeast Kansas League selection for the Purple Dragons and earned first-team honors in two of those seasons. She was a team captain at Pittsburg under coach Mary Packard. She also is a Kansas Honors Scholar and will be the class valedictorian in May.

The daughter of Tim and Kim Casper, she played for six years in the Pittsburg Star Aquila club program.

“I’ve seen her develop through the YMCA program,” Suberu said. “She’s improved exponentially. She’s very coachable. She has a great attitude. The best ones are those when things aren’t going well, they are able to keep a good attitude and work ethic. She’s very dependable. She trusts me and I trust her.”

Bell, a 6-0 middle blocker from Moreno Valley, Calif., played two years under Lindsay Hill at Fort Scott CC, earning first-team all-conference and first-team all-district honors as a sophomore. Bell recorded 2.9 kills per set and led the Greyhounds with 108 blocks this past season.

“Her transition will be smooth,” Suberu said. “Offensively and academically, Fort Scott’s program is very similar to ours. She’s very athletic and mature and will transition to the MIAA faster for us because she has learned under Coach Hill.”

Wright, a 5-8 outside hitter and defensive specialist from Fort Worth, Texas, helped lead Grace Preparatory Academy to the Class 4A state championship in 2012. She earned first-team all-state honors as a senior was named to the state all-tournament team and the Texas All-Star game. Wright ranked in the top 10 in Texas in kills per game.

Amaro, a 5-8 setter and defensive specialist from Wichita, transfers from Tyler Junior College in Texas. She helped the Apaches to a 55-16 record over her two seasons and a top 10 ranking in the final NJCAA Division I poll. Tyler finished fifth at the national tournament. Amara was named Region 14 setter of the year and was ranked second in the nation for assists.