By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Marisa Jordan has reached into southwest Missouri to sign another prep senior in building the volleyball program at Labette Community College of Parsons.
The latest to join the Cardinals is 5-foot-4 defensive specialist Michaela Werries of Granby East Newton.
Jordan previously secured the signature of Neosho setter Tori Eads.
Werries, as a senior, helped East Newton, coached by Todd Dana, finish 16-11 overall and 5-2 in the Big 8 Conference.
“Most of all,“ Dana said, “I liked and appreciated her drive, emotion and enthusiasm — a passion for the game. She was a hard worker at everything. She gave us all she had on the floor.
“She was a three-year starter,” Dana said. “She was a defensive specialist most of her career. But she played some as an outside hitter.”
NJCAA Division II Labette competes in the East Division of the Jayhawk Community College Conference.
Werries plans to major in biology with an eye toward physical therapy at either the University of Arkansas or Missouri State University.
“Coach Jordan said I should be able to contribute as a freshman,” Werries said.
Werries said she and Eads are good friends after playing club ball with the Joplin-based Ozark Juniors.
Michaela is the daughter of Susie and Jeff Goodall and the late Ken Werries.
Susie Goodall, formerly Brown, played basketball and volleyball and ran track at East Newton.
“But my best sport probably was softball —I was asked to walk at Crowder College — and we didn’t offer softball at East Newton at the time,” she said.