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    Nov. 26, 2012

    CHICAGO – UIC volleyball head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley announced Nicole Johnson, Kara Johnson, Casey Harris and Anouska Best have inked a National Letter of Intent to continue her volleyball career and academic career at UIC in the fall of 2013.

    “I am very excited to welcome Kara, Nicole, Casey and Anouska to the UIC volleyball family,” Schumacher-Cawley said. “This is a special group of talented and passionate student-athletes that will challenge and raise our level of play immediately. All four come from highly competitive high school and club programs, that have helped prepare them for college. I am looking forward to seeing each one of them in a Flames uniform.”

    THE NICOLE JOHNSON FILE: Helped Eagan (Minn.) to a 25-4 record during her final season … notched a first-place finish at the 2012 Shakopee Tournament and Chaska Tournament … concluded the 2011 season with a 23-5 record … 2011 all-South Suburban Conference selection … served as the setter for the Wildcats … helped her team to a first-place finish in 2011 … played club volleyball for Minnesota One … born Dec. 6, 1994 … daughter of Bruce and Maureen Johnson … intends to major in business.

    Kara Johnson

    THE KARA JOHNSON FILE: A four-year starter in volleyball for Champaign Centennial (Ill.) … helped her team to a combined 137-21 record … two-time (2010, 2011) all-Body-N-Sole Invitational team … Lincoln-Way Central Invitational all-tournament team in 2012 … career leader in Aces with 282 … 636 career kills, which is the second-most in program history … Champaign News Gazette Athlete of the Week selection following her performance in the 2012 Super Sectional … Champaign News Gazette all-area second team honoree in 2010 and 2011 … 2012 Champaign News Gazette all-area first team selection … two-time (2011 and 2012) Big 12 all-conference accolades … 2009 sectional champions … 2011 regional champions … third-place state finisher in Class 3A … National Honor Society member in 2011 and 2012 … IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award in 2011 and 2012 … born May 18, 1995 … daughter of Rod and Wendy Johnson … intends to major in nursing.

    Casey Harris

    THE CASEY HARRIS FILE: Concluded her career at St. Ignatius (Ill.) by compiling an 86-28 record in three seasons … collected 246 kills, 169 block assists, 49 solo blocks and a .334 hitting percentage during her time with the Pack … recipient of the Coaches Award … named to the AVCA Under Armour High School All-American Watch List … First Honors recipient … assisted her team to a Girls Catholic Athletic Conference championship in 2012 – the first since 1987 … 2010 and 2012 IHSA Regional champion.

    THE ANOUSKA BEST FILE: A four-time letterwinner in volleyball at Walton (Ga.) … assisted her team to second-place state finish in 2009 … three-time state champion (2010, 2011, 2012) … all-area selection in 2011 and 2012 … member of the Under Armour All-American Watch List … plays Club volleyball for A-5 … 2012 AAU All-American … notched a National Championship in the American Division.

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