Volleyball - Tue, Jun. 20, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College head volleyball coach Jeremy Wise announced the addition of Amari Ricks of Lexington, Ky., for the 2017 campaign.

Ricks played setter for the Henry Clay High School, which finished as the 2016 KHSAA State runner-up. The Blue Devils ended the year with a 37-7 overall record en route to winning both the 42nd District and 11th Region championships.

"The one thing that sticks out right away with is Amari's athleticism," said Wise. "She is very quick and can jump, which allows her to get to trouble balls. Our team prides itself on bettering out of system balls and making plays, she will definitely be able to help in that department.

"She is also a coachable and a very quick learner as I saw when we worked her out this spring, so she should make a smooth transition into our offensive systems," the Bulldog coach added.

Ricks was a 2015 AAU Volleyball Academic All American and member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She graduated high school with honors in business management. Ricks is the daughter of Shawn and Angela Ricks.

Union completed arguably its best season ever, tying the program record for wins in a season in finishing 34-11 overall. The Bulldogs captured both the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular-season and tournament championships and went 2-2 in the NAIA National Championship Tournament, becoming the first team in the AAC to win a match in the national tournament.