May 12, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College sophomore volleyball player Erin Dodd will continue her career as a spiker at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. this fall.

A Marion native, Dodd said she felt comfortable with her decision once she visited the campus.

“Everyone was just so helpful. I was impressed,” Dodd said. “I will have the opportunity to start at the libero position and pursue my degree as a registered nurse after completing my general studies.”

The libero is a defensive specialist positioned in the back row.

Dodd led a strong Vols’ team (24-10) last fall in digs with 566. She was also tied for first in service points with 122 and second in service aces with 35.

“To be honest, I wasn’t looking to continue my volleyball career beyond Logan,” Dodd said. “But then, this offer from Central Methodist came out of nowhere. It’s quite a blessing. Now, I can help pay for my college education and eventually become a registered nurse. I liked what I saw of Fayette. It’s a small town and the school’s not too big, yet I’m only a few minutes away from a big town in Columbia.”

Dodd said she will do everything she can to make Central Methodist an even bigger winner this fall than it was last year.

“Coach (Bill) Burnside taught me a lot in my two years here, even more than I expected to learn,” she said. “I am looking forward to taking my game to the next level.”

Dodd added that playing volleyball not only keeps her in good physical shape, but also finetunes her mental focus.

Logan head coach Bill Burnside said he is confident that Dodd will “do an admirable job” at CMU. “I think her experience here will allow her to go right in and start right away. I think Erin could play at a number of different schools, but her desire to become a registered nurse may have cut back on some of those options. I think she will do just fine at Central Methodist. Erin’s a really solid player and very athletic.”

The Central Methodist University Eagles finished 13-17 this past fall and are coached by Allison Jones-Olson.

 

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