Vincennes, IN – Vincennes University’s Volleyball team is happy to announce the signing of Ryleigh Fidler and Brantli Lannan from Linton-Stockton High School. In the past 4 seasons, Linton-Stockton has won 2 Conference and 3 Sectional Championships.
Ryleigh Fidler is the daughter of John Fidler and Jenny Bradbury. Fidler is a 5-foot 9 defensive specialist and outside hitter. Ryleigh is a member of the National Honors Society and plans to major in Safety Management. Fidler’s athletic honors include being named to Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association 2A 1st Team All-State, 4-time All-Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference, 4-time Bloomington Herald Times All-Area, Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association 2A All-District, South Team-IHSVCA 1A/2A North/South All-Star Match. In 2017 Ryleigh led the SWIAC in kills with 442 and also had 381 digs and 87 service aces. She also set school records for serve percentage in a match (27/27) and aces in a match (12).
Brantli Lannan is the daughter of David and Paulette Lannan. Brantli is a 5-foot 2 defensive specialist and libero (back row specialist). Lannan is an academic honors student who plans to major in Health Science. Brantli’s athletic honors include; ICGSA 2A 2nd Team All-State, 2-Time All-Conference (SWIAC), 2017 Bloomington Herald Times All-Area selection, South Team-IHSVCA 1A/2A North/South All-Star Match. In 2017 Lannan led the SWIAC in digs with 452 and recorded 52 service aces. Lannan also holds Linton’s school record for career digs with 1,355.
Linton-Stockton coach Scott Vanderkolk said, "Ryleigh leads by example and is a valuable asset to the offense by being able to play all three positions at the net and attack out of the back row. Brantli is a vocal leader on the floor and has a high volleyball IQ. She understands how to adjust defensive alignments on the fly and is a talented motivator, getting results out of those around her.
Ryleigh and Brantli are a great package. They feed off each other, they work beside each other in the back row without having to communicate, they know what the other is doing at any moment. Ryleigh knows that when Brantli gets the serve receive, she can run anything in the offense, and Brantli knows that Ryleigh is going to terminate the point at a high rate. They both do well in the classroom, come from supportive families, and will both do well once their volleyball careers come to an end. It's great to see them get the opportunity to continue their playing careers together at VU.
This is the second time Linton has sent two girls to VU (Corianne Warrick and Jacqi Ward 2005-'06). I look forward to Ryleigh and Brantli having similar success with the Trailblazers."
Vincennes University coach Gary Sien said, "Ryleigh is an athletic player who can play in all 6 rotations and she plays way above her size. We like how aggressive she is with her front row play, going up against taller opponents and doing well. Brantli is one of the top defensive players we have seen for the 2018 class. Her passing skills are exceptional as she is capable of taking balls in both the underhand and overhand positions on the first contact. They are from a winning program and they are not used to anything less. As with all incoming 2018 students, we will expect positive leadership and academic achievement from them.
With these 2 signees we have accomplished our goals of not only filling positional needs but of reaching out to exceptional local student-athletes and to those who would like to be a part of our pursuit for excellence."