MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2004
Volleyball Inks Stevenique Richardson in Early Signing Period

Dec. 13, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU volleyball team has signed 6-foot-1 middle hitter Stevenique Richardson (Red Springs, N.C.) of Gulf Coast Community College to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Kevin Paul announced today. Richardson becomes the first signee for JU following the Dolphins' first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in the Division I era.

As a freshman at Gulf Coast, Richardson led the Commodores to the 2003 Panhandle Conference title and was named conference MVP after leading the squad with 344 kills (3.34 kpg), 143 blocks (1.39 bpg) and a .350 hitting percentage. As a sophomore, the Commodores reached the conference finals and Richardson was named to the Panhandle All-Conference team after leading the squad with 285 kills (3.48 kpg), 91 blocks (1.11 bpg) and a .305 hitting percentage.

Prior to Gulf Coast, Richardson was a three-time Tri-Six 2A Conference MVP selection at Red Springs (N.C.) High School in Red Springs, N.C. As a senior, she averaged 4.67 kills and 2.33 blocks per game for the Red Devils. As a junior, she posted 5.00 kills and 2.43 kills per game and also averaged 4.00 kills and 1.73 blocks per game as a sophomore.

"Stevenique brings a level of athleticism to our program that we have never had before," said Paul, who led the Dolphins to a school record 10 consecutive wins against A-Sun opponents during his first season at the helm of the JU program. "She will add size to our block and has the ability to become one of our top offensive threats next season."

Along with the A-Sun Championship title and the NCAA Tournament bid, the 2004-05 Dolphins (15-14, 8-2) ended the year with program records for average digs per game (17.98), digs in a game (121 - vs. Mercer on Sept. 25) and tied the record for most conference all-tournament selections in the Division I era (3 in 1987).