FLORENCE, S.C. – Stephanie Berger of Northridge, Calif., and Jennifer Melahn of Skokie, Ill., have signed national letters of intent to attend Francis Marion University and play volleyball for the Patriots this fall.
Berger, a 5-9 outside hitter, is a product of Notre Dame High School, where she played for head coach Neil Coffman. She has also played club volleyball with Thunder VBC.
As a senior, Berger was a first team All-Mission League selection and shared her team’s most valuable player award. She helped lead Notre Dame to a 14-6 record and a berth in the Final Four Division 3A- Southern Section playoffs.
Berger led the Knights in both kills (238) and kills per game (3.2), and was second in services aces (40) and solo blocks (21), while also averaging 1.2 blocks per game.
Melahn, also a 5-9 outside hitter, is a product of Niles North High School, where she played under the direction of head coach Allen Tom. She also played club volleyball for Deep Six VBC.
Melahn recorded 159 kills, a .349 kill percentage, 37 solo blocks, 27 block assists, 50 services aces, and 148 digs as the Vikings posted a 14-17 regular season record last fall. She earned all-conference and honorable mention all area recognition, in addition to being named a CSL Scholar Athlete. She was captain of the 1998 Viking squad and was named the team’s best offense player.
Francis Marion loses five seniors from last season’s 27-6 squad that won the Peach Belt Athletic Conference tournament championship, shared the PBAC regular season title, and earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II national tournament invitation.
The PBAC is NCAA Division II conference with members in Georgia, Florida, and North and South Carolina. FMU is a state-assisted, comprehensive institution with an enrollment of nearly 4,000 located in Florence, S.C.