WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2002
Volleyball Signs Erin Hickman from San Antonio

Nov. 27, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Erin Hickman, a 5-foot-10 right-side hitter from San Antonio, Texas, signed a national letter of intent with the Jacksonville University volleyball team during the early fall signing period announced head coach Robin Mignerey.

Hickman was a four-year starter at Castle Hills First Baptist School, where she was coached by her father, Robert, her senior season. This past season she helped lead Castle Hills to a 25-8 record and had 45 kills, 21 digs, six blocks and two aces in the regional final to lead the Eagles to their third state final appearance in four years. She finished the season with 605 kills, 121 blocks, 125 digs and 44 aces in 76 games to garner first-team all-district and first-team all-state honors. Hickman also plays for one of the top club volleyball (17 and under) teams in the country, the Alamo Juniors, which competed in the National Championships in Salt Lake City last summer.

Hickman, who earned all-district and all-state honors all four years, is also a National English Merit Award Recipient, a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Math and Science Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Volleyball runs in the family as her mother, Janice, played volleyball as a member of the 1969 USA National Team and played collegiately at McMurry University before helping Sul Ross State to the 1970 National Championship.

"Erin is going to be a great player for us, because she brings a variety of talent to the team," said Mignerey, who has led the Dolphins to four-straight Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament appearances. "She plays in a 6-2 offense for Alamo as a setter and right-side player and plays both positions well. She also brings a great understanding of the game from growing up in a volleyball family, which will help her mature quicker than most incoming freshmen."

Hickman, who played middle blocker and setter for her club and high school teams, will graduate from Castle Hills in the spring and join the Dolphins in the fall of 2003, where she will likely move to the right side to fill the void left by departing senior Kristy Smith (Carleton, Mich.).