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Eastern Greene senior volleyball player Scottie Ingram (sitting center) signed a national letter of intent to play at Murray State College in Kentucky Friday afternoon. Joining her for a photo were her father Jerry Ingram (seated left), her mother and high school coach Gina Ingram (seated right). Also posing in the photo were (back row, from left) EGHS principal Kevin Frank, her brother Zack Ingram and EGHS athletic director Trevor McConnell. (By Rick Curl/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
LITTLE CINCINNATI -- With family, friends, school officials and teammates watching, one of the best volleyball players to ever play for Eastern Greene High School signed her national letter of intent to play at the next level.

EGHS senior Scottie Ingram will take her game to the NCAA Division I level next fall when she joins the Murray State Racers of head coach David Schwepker.

"Actually I'm really excited because the coach is great, I know all the team, they're all great," Ingram said. "It's going to be a so fun and a great experience for me. It's more competitive and be a higher level play.

"So I'm real excited to go there and get started on my season and in school and everything."

Schwepker told the Daily World that he expects to see the 5-9 middle hitter take on a versatile role when she arrives on campus next fall.

"I think that Scottie is an outstanding player with all around skills," he said via email. "While I was recruiting her, I was really looking for an athlete that has great ball control, understands the game and is a real competitor."

He said Ingram completely matched up with what he was looking for during this year's recruiting process.

"Scottie has all of those qualities," he said. "What I really like is that she is so versatile.

"She can play middle, outside and now this club season it looks like she will be playing right side, plus she is great in the back row and in college the more versatile an athlete is the more they will be able to help out their program."

As for playing time, her new coach says that will be complete up to her and how well she adapts to her new surroundings.

"From what I have seen of her, I believe she has the ability to be a starter as a freshman but it always depends on how fast they can adapt at the Division I level," Schwepker said. "She will be playing against everyone's superstars, so a lot does change, but Scottie is a competitor and I know she will work hard to accomplish her goals and the goals of our team."

Ingram, who turned down offers from other D-I schools including the University of Mississippi, said the Kentucky college offers her a feel that was close to home.

"I think Murray State was more of the hometown feel that I'm used to," she said. "And I felt like the school was a little bit better for me. It's not just about volleyball, but the volleyball is added on to it."

Ingram has been a four-year starter for her mother and Eastern Greene coach Gina Ingram, who says the transition for her will be both a new experience and something she believes she can handle quite well.

"She would go today if she could, she's made that comment," her mother said. "She's ready to graduate and go be a college student, to see how it is to compete at that level."

That alone can become an intimidating part of the transition to college. And while she's aware of this, she also knows how hard the work will be after she gets to MSU.

"I'm going to have to fight to keep my position in practice everyday and in games," Scottie said. "I'll just have to work to get my place."

Academically, Ingram has her goals well-set. While she is uncommitted as to a major, she says she's leaning toward a business degree.

"I want to get a four-year degree and have a good minor," she said. "I want to graduate in four years."

Her desire to graduate on time also fits in with what her mother says about her maturity level, something that some student-athletes have troubles with beyond high school.

"She's incredibly smart and mature," her mother said. "So handling things there, will be a no-brainer."

Eastern Greene athletic director Trevor McConnell, who himself is a former Division I athlete when he played baseball at Indiana University, says Ingram is fully capable of succeeding at MSU.

"I've been in athletics my whole life and she's one of those few and far between athletes that doesn't come around every day," McConnell said. "It was phenomenal to watch her for four years."

McConnell credits her with being a very important part of the success EGHS has had in winning four straight Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference titles, four sectionals, three regionals, a semistate title, a state finals appearance and four consecutive 30-plus win seasons.

"Obviously she was the catalyst for the great run we've had over the last four years," he said. "But more importantly she's a great kid and academically right at the top of her class. She's also a good citizen here at school and a great role model."



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