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BSC Volleyball Announces 2013 Commitments

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – Birmingham-Southern Head Women's Volleyball Coach Judy Green announced on Wednesday that Caroline Hyde and Peyton van Ekris have completed their intent to enroll and play for the Panthers this fall.

Caroline Hide – Middle Blocker, 5-10, Franklin, Tenn., Centennial HS, Alliance Volleyball Club

Caroline Hyde played for Coach Brittany Rhinehart at Centennial High School in Franklin, Tenn., where she was a four-year starter...She was awarded the Coach's Character Award in 2010 and Best Blocker Award in 2011 and 2012…Hyde earned District All-Tournament honors in 2010 and 2011 and won the Athletic Achievement Award in 2012…Hyde also played on the tennis team in 2009…In 2012, she was inducted in to the National Honor Society and was also a member of the National Junior Honor Society and had the Highest French and English II Honors Average in 2009…Hyde ranked 16th out a class of 385 students and made the Principal's List every semester.

Hyde On Committing To Play For BSC Volleyball: I'm so excited to be attending Birmingham-Southern this fall! It already feels like home. Every time I step on campus, I never want to leave. I chose BSC because it is the perfect mix of high academic standards and competitive athletics. I love the atmosphere of community and support here. Everyone I have met is driven and talented. There are so many opportunities here to explore and find new passions. I am thrilled to be a part of such an outstanding team, and I can't wait to be a part of Birmingham-Southern's awesome community soon!

Peyton van Ekris – Middle Blocker, 5-10, Anniston, Ala., Donoho School, Alabama Juniors Club

Peyton van Ekris played for Coach Janice Slay at Donoho School in Anniston, Ala…van Erkis helped lead the Falcons to AHSAA State 1A volleyball titles in 2011 and 2012, one super regional, two regional and three area championships…Donoho also captured the 2012 Calhoun County Volleyball Tournament  title…She was named the 2012 Birmingham News Class 1A Player of the Year and to the All-State team…van Ekris was AVBCA All-State First-Team two times and Second-Team once and earned AHSAA 1A All-Tournament laurels in 2011 and 2012…She was named the 2012 Calhoun County Tournament MVP and was selected AHSAA All-Area Tournament in 2011 and 2012 and to the Super Regional All-Tournament team in 2011…van Ekris is a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta…She made the A/B Honor Roll and was tabbed Most Conscientious Student in Advanced Placement History and French.

Green On Hyde and van Ekris: "We are happy to welcome Caroline and Peyton to our BSC Panther Volleyball Family.  I believe they both will help fill the needs we had for our 2013 team.  First and foremost they are highly gifted students who will flourish in the extraordinary learning environment BSC offers.  Secondly, they are both very passionate, competitive volleyball players.  They both come from very successful high school junior club volleyball programs where they learned how to compete every single day.  In an effort to move our program forward it is very important to recruit players who understand what it takes to win at the highest level.  We will be glad to get them on campus this fall and start helping them begin to further develop as student-athletes."