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May 14, 2012

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Sacred Heart High School senior Kelli Lamb, seated in center, signed a national letter of intent Monday afternoon to attend Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., on a volleyball scholarship. Joining her at the signing were her mother Cynthia Werths, seated at left, and her father David Lamb, seated at right; standing on the back row, left to right, are Sacred Heart Principal Dr. Mark Register, Faulkner University assistant volleyball coach Jennifer Denham and Sacred Heart volleyball coach David Fall. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.

By Mike Phillips
Contributing sportswriter

Four years of hard work and dedication to the game of volleyball paid off for Sacred Heart senior Kelli Lamb on Monday.

Lamb signed a national letter of intent to attend Faulkner University, and NAIA Div. I school, in Montgomery, Ala.

“I visited there in March and I liked the team and I liked the area,” said Lamb, who was also courted by East Central Community College in Union, Mo., Truman State University in Kirksville, Avila College in Kansas City and Baptist Bible College in Springfield.

Lamb certainly has the credentials to make it in college. At Sacred Heart, she was a three-time All Stater (first team All State her last two years), three-time All Kaysinger Conference, three-time All District and three-time All Central Region. She played on the Lady Gremlin state championship team her freshman year and was on the team that made the Elite Eight her junior year, was on three Kaysinger Conference Tournament championship teams and four-time Kaysinger Conference regular-season champion teams.

Jennifer Denham, daughter of Sacred Heart volleyball coach David Fall, a grad of Sacred Heart and now assistant volleyball coach at Faulkner University, had an inside track to recruit Lamb.

“I knew her from when I was here before and knew she (Lamb) was the kind of kid we could recruit,” said Denham.

The Faulkner University Lady Eagles are a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference. Last year, they got off to the best start in the history of the volleyball program, winning the first nine matches and finished the season 18-19.

“It’s a very competitive conference,” Denham said.”Two of our conference teams made the national (NAIA) Tournament last year.”

Lamb came back from injuries her last two years. As a sophomore she tore ligaments in her right thumb that required surgery She suffered the same injury in the state sectionals her junior year but stayed on to play in the quarterfinal match against New Haven. She suffered a severely sprained ankle in the Kaysinger Conference Tournament her senior year.

Now in her last few days of high school, Lamb has a 4.0 grade point average and 30 hours of college credit.

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