April 2, 2014
GALESBURG—Seven high school seniors recently signed to play next season for the Carl Sandburg College volleyball team. Brenna Combs of Abingdon-Avon; Ashley Reinbeck of Tremont; McKenna Weaver of Limestone; Madison Wherley of Macomb; and Jennifer Price, Brea Simkins and Miranda Tharp of United will take the court for the Chargers this fall.
Combs and Weaver also will play for the Chargers women’s basketball team next season. Simkins, Reinbeck and Wherley also will play softball at Sandburg next spring.
Combs, a 5-foot-9 right side hitter and setter, was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Champaign News-Gazette and a first-team All-Prairieland Conference pick as a senior. She also was the Tornadoes’ MVP last fall, leading them to a 21-11 record and Class 2A sectional final appearance.
A defensive specialist in volleyball, Reinbeck led the Turks in digs last fall. As a catcher for Tremont’s softball team, she helped the Turks to a 29-1 record and runner-up finish in the Class 2A state tournament last spring, matching the best finish in school history.
Weaver, a 5-7 outside hitter, helped lead Limestone to a 29-5-1 record and its first Mid-Illini Conference title last fall. She was a first-team all-conference pick and a Peoria Journal Star all-area honorable mention after posting 186 kills, 178 digs and 24 blocks for the Rockets as a senior.
Wherley, a 5-7 outside hitter, joins the Chargers after helping the Bombers to a 15-win season as a senior.
Price, a 5-5 outside hitter, led the Red Storm with 337 kills (9.4 per match) and 75 aces last season. She also finished second on the team with 211 digs, helping United to a 22-14 overall record. She was a first-team All-Lincoln Trail Conference pick and was named to the all-tournament team at Sandburg and United.
Simkins handed out 532 assists as the Red Storm’s setter last season and added 38 aces. She was named to the all-tournament team at Sandburg and was an honorable mention All-LTC pick.
A 5-foot-1 libero, Tharp led United with 292 digs last fall, and her 45 aces were second on the team. Tharp’s performance helped earn her second-team All-LTC honors, and she was named to all-tournament teams at Sandburg and United.
“This is a great group of young women coming into our volleyball program, and they’ve all had a lot of success at the high school level,” Chargers coach Todd Winkler said. “We have a lot of spots that we need to replace from last year’s team, and these seven players will go a long way toward helping us do that.”