Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


February 7, 2014

Wendt, Dammerman commit to Lincoln College

EFFINGHAM — Lincoln College doubled down at St. Anthony High School Thursday, receiving letters of intent from Lauren Wendt and Kassy Dammerman.

Wendt, a current senior, signed to play volleyball, while Dammerman, who graduated in 2013 and currently attends Lincoln, signed to play volleyball and run track for two seasons starting next fall.

Lincoln, a two-year institution, was a natural fit for Wendt, a member of the Bulldogs' volleyball and basketball teams, to continue playing her favorite sport.

"We went for the tryouts, the team was there and they were a really close team, which is how my team was this year," Wendt said. "It won't work out in volleyball if you're not (close)."

Wendt will most likely serve as a middle or right hitter for Lincoln, with the back line responsibilities she had at St. Anthony up in the air.

Dammerman said she'll probably continue as a libero, which she played at St. Anthony, or could play on the left side. .

She graduated after last school year, went to Lake Land College for a semester and moved onto Lincoln, but didn't have enough credits to join up with the track team immediately.

So she's been working out with both squads this semester, and will have her full two years of eligibility once the next academic year starts.

"I'm just looking forward to improving my skills, and starting a new volleyball season and a new team, with a new experience," Dammerman said.

St. Anthony's coming off a banner year, where the Bulldogs won the National Trail Conference tournament, along with a regional and sectional championship before falling to Edwards County at the Super-Sectional level.

Wendt was a major part of that team, and is looking for an experience similar to the one she had with St. Anthony this year.

"(Lincoln Coach Mark Tippett) coaches a lot like (St. Anthony coach Kristie Bailey) does, and that's how I think I'd get along, but Kristie's the only coach I've had," Wendt said. "I feel more comfortable on the volleyball court. I really liked the campus."

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