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With another successful season underway but also an eye on the future, Georgetown College volleyball coach Nick Griffin announces the signing of outside hitter Caroline Ricks for 2014. The Southern Indiana native is from New Washington High School and Union Volleyball Club.
"Caroline is an exciting first signee for our 2014 recruiting class," Griffin said. "Her athleticism, power and competitive drive will add a dynamic weapon to our frontcourt. Fans will notice very quickly her cannon for an arm and the passion with which she plays the game."
A four-year starter for her mother Michelle McCutcheon at New Washington, Ricks entered her senior year as the reigning Southern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a 2nd Team All-State selection. She was also one of only 11 players in the state of Indiana named to the 2013 Under Armour All-American Watch List and became an AVCA Phenom in 2012.
Her list of volleyball accolades also includes three all-conference nominations, 1st Team All-Area, an Indiana Elite All-Star, a North/South All-Star and being named one of the Top 10 athletes in Clark County. The most impressive feat of all is that Ricks has almost a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.
While juggling life as a multi-sport athlete, Ricks has also started on the top club teams with Union Volleyball Club. She was selected as an All-American after her team's 3rd place finish at the AAU National Championships in 2011. A year later, Union had a Top 15 showing at the same event. In 2012 and 2013, Caroline's team also qualified for the USAV Junior National Championships, where they finished 11th two season ago.
Ricks comes from a family of athletes and coaches. Her older sister (Ashley) played volleyball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and now assists at New Washington, while her mother and varsity coach played basketball at Murray State. Her father, Scott Ricks, played basketball at Cumberland University and is the Athletic Director at Seneca High School in Louisville.
Ricks plans to major in pre-veterinarian studies.