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Feezel, Manley sign with Kaskaskia College for volleyball

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By Andrew Harner

ST. ELMO – Two St. Elmo volleyball players have chosen to continue their athletic careers at Kaskaskia College.

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Setter Perry Manley and middle hitter Savannah Feezel on Tuesday afternoon each signed letters of intent to join the Blue Angel program for the next two seasons.

“It makes me proud that I can go and watch my kids,” said Lady Eagles coach Elise Asher. “I can take my team down there to give them some inspiration that they can do more.”

St. Elmo graduate Brooke Maxey has been one of the most productive players for Kaskaskia College the past two seasons, and watching her play is one of the reasons Manley cited for wanting to go to KC herself.

“We’ve watched Brooke play, and it’s an exciting environment,” Manley said. “She said that it’s not overwhelming, and since she’s liked it so much, we should be able to adjust and play there.”

Added Feezel, “Brooke talked to me some about deciding things like classes to take, so she was a great help.”

KC coach Kim Rahar said that Manley will likely play immediately as a setter, because the Blue Angels are losing a pair of setters.

Feezel will also likely step in immediately as a hitter.

“It’s nice knowing that St. Elmo is just an hour or so away, because this school is established,” Rahar said. “We like to get local kids and compete.”

There are some St. Elmo  underclassmen who have shown the potential to be good enough to play college volleyball.

And with two more players representing the Lady Eagles at KC, that may become the school of choice for St. Elmo athletes.

“I’m glad they are going together to KC to follow some tradition,” Asher said. “Coach Rahar has established her program, and does things the right thing.

“If we can get a pipeline going there, that would be amazing.”