Women's Soccer Adds Local Athletes

Friday, February 22, 2002

Johnson City, Tenn. (February 22, 2002) - East Tennessee State's women's soccer program added three more players to its roster for the 2002 season. Alexandra Mansy (Johnson City, Tenn.), Sunny Ricker (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Ruth Anne Hollowell (Greeneville, Tenn.) will be playing for the Bucs in the fall. "We are proud to have these local girls commit to our program," said head coach Heather Henson, "I feel really good about our impact in the northeastern part of Tennessee." Hollowell, 2000-2001 MVP for the Greeneville High School soccer team, was named to the all-region and all-district teams. She was given the Lady Devil Award twice and earned conference honorable mention in 2000. Hollowell also earned awards in the classroom. She was named an AIMS scholar and given the TSSAA Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award. Ricker also played softball for Greeneville, where she was named Most Improved for the 1999-2000 season. She also was manager and statistician for the basketball and wrestling teams. Hollowell intends to major in interdisciplinary studies at ETSU. Mansy, four-year letterwinner for Science Hill High School, was named all-district for four years. She was named all-region and all-conference three times. Mansy earned Defensive Player of the Year honors twice and was named to the Kingsport Times All-Tournament team in 1999 and 2000. Played for the Tennessee Olympic Development Program. Mansy has a USSF "D" coaching license. While at ETSU, she plans to major in marketing. Ricker, 2001 District Player of the Year, led the Chuckey Doak high school team in goals for three years, averaging 24 goals per year. She was named all-district, all-region and MVP three years. She was a member of the 2001 TSSA Tennessee State Championship team (Division II). Played in the 2001 Tourny Sport USA National Tournament in Hawaii. Ricker also played basketball, where she earned the Best Offense award and had the highest free throw percentage on the team. Academically, she has the highest GPA in eight different classes and will be the valedictorian at graduation. She also is the president of the National Honors Society and elected homecoming queen at Chucky Doak. Ricker also earned praise for her community service. She was named Community Promise Youth Volunteer of the Year and Greene County Youth Council Member of the Year. Ricker plans to major in communications at ETSU.
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