CANTON-The past year has been an exciting one for Makenna Barker, Lewistown, who was hired in May 2018 as the head volleyball coach at Spoon River College.

Since then, she’s been building her team and preparing for her first season, which begins Aug. 16, 3 p.m. with a pre-season exhibition triangular match that will be played in the Multi-Purpose Building on the Canton Campus.

“It has been a long year of recruiting, but we now have a full roster and I couldn’t be happier with the athletes that we have. They’re a great group and we are more than ready to get this inaugural season underway,” Barker said.

Canton High School graduate Cassidy Locke was the first player Barker signed. “I’ve watched Cassidy play for years. She is a middle blocker who will give us some incredible athleticism at the net. She’s a skilled athlete and I’m excited to see her play at Spoon River College,” said Barker.

Barker says Kaitie Van Pelt, Lewistown, is a key piece to their defense. “Kaitie is a Libero who will provide us with a solid and quick defense. She’s coming from a strong high school program and I can’t wait to see what she brings to us.”

Hannah Burdess also comes from the Lewistown program and like Locke, Barker has watched her grow and develop as an athlete and person.

“Hannah is a successful multi-sport athlete and will be huge for us next season. She brings a calm presence to the court but is an absolute force to be reckoned with at the net.”

Barker said Emily Richardson, Sciota is also coming from a very successful program at West Prairie where she was a standout Libero. “She will be a strong defensive player for the team and I look forward to her playing for us,” said Barker.

Athens graduate Gracie Henrikson “is a great all-round player and a phenomenal Libero, and I am thrilled that she chose to play for us. She will be a huge impact player and one of the keys to our success as a new program,” Barker said.

Kyanae Toombs, Decatur isn’t new to Spoon River College.

She played softball during the 2019-2019 season, but decided to switch to volleyball.

“Kyanae is a tall, athletic middle blocker who will provide us with a lot of athleticism in the front row. I’m thrilled she wanted to be on the team.”

Barker says Julian Sanford, Vidor, Texas is an excellent setter and will do a great job of running the Snappers’ offense. “Julian is a fierce competitor who will excel in her role here at Spoon River College.”

Logan Otu, Murray, Utah is also a phenomenal setter. “Logan can run a variety of offenses, so I’m happy to have her on our roster.”

Jazmine Morris comes from Baytown, Texas, and Barker describes her as a great person and student.

“She’s also a versatile athlete and will likely play all three front row positions.”

Emma Manusete, Taylorsville, UT “is a very athletic hitter who will provide us with a solid attacker on either pin, and I’m thrilled she’s here.”

“These girls have all been working very hard during pre-season to get ready for their Snappers Volleyball debut,” said Barker.

“Come out and support your 2019 Snappers Volleyball team Aug. 16 at their pre-season exhibition triangular match!”

To view the roster and a complete schedule, visit www.src.edu and click on the Student Life tab. Photos and more information can also be viewed on the Spoon River College Athletics Facebook page.