Area digest 12/2/03

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Otahkians' Cotton is OVC newcomer of the week

Southeast Missouri State University's Sami Jo Cotton is the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the week for women's basketball, the league announced Monday.

Cotton, a 5-foot-7 junior guard who transferred from a junior college, average 9.3 points and three rebounds during the Otahkians' three games last week.

Southeast volleyball team signs three prep seniors

Three high school seniors have signed letters of intent to play volleyball next season at Southeast.

The three are Brenna Schlader, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker from Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo.; Shannon Muesenfechter, a 5-11 hitter from Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis; and Brittany Hastings, a 5-11 hitter from Circle High School in El Dorado, Kan.

Schlader helped lead Hickman to a 32-2 record and district championship this year.

Muesenfechter helped lead Incarnate Word to a state championship and a No. 14 national ranking. She also played for a club team that won a national title in 2002.

Hastings is Circle's single-season kills record-holder and was the team MVP the last two years.

-- From staff reports

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