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Carthage College sophomore setter Ellie LeCount jump-serves during a match this season. LeCount led the Lady Reds in assists and helped the team advance to the NCAA Division III regional championship match.

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It did not take long for sophomore setter Ellie LeCount to make her mark on the Carthage College women’s volleyball program.

LeCount, a 2015 St. Catherine’s High School graduate, was a first-team selection on the 2017 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball Team after a sophomore season in which she moved into eighth all-time on the Carthage assists list with 1,681.

LeCount also earned CCIW All-Tournament Team honors and helped lead the Lady Reds to the NCAA Division III regional championship match, all in her second year.

Despite all those accomplishments, LeCount attributes her success to her teammates.

“We have great team chemistry,’’ LcCount said. “We pushed each other everyday and they made me a much better player this year.’’

And what an improvement this season was from her freshman year.

LeCount finished with 1,263 assists compared to 418 as a freshman, led the CCIW with 9.4 assists per set compared to 4.02 last season and had 59 service aces compared to 30.

And, she plans on picking up next season right where she left off.

“We played at a very high level last year and plan to be back in the tournament,” LeCount said. “And I plan to improve each day through offseason workouts and training programs.”

Carthage coach Leanne Ulmer agreed, saying LeCount’s improvement was a result of her hard work.

“Ellie worked very hard in the offseason to get faster and stronger and wanted to make a bigger impact in her second year,” Ulmer said. “She was a stable force for us and ran the show for us as the setter, and I am very excited she is only a sophomore.”

LeCount said it took time to adjust to the level of play in college.

“The biggest adjustment I made was my time management from high school to college, LeCount said. “With traveling, practice and training and the high level of play, I had to make sure I found time for my studies as well as improving as a player.”

Not only does LeCount continue to have big goals in volleyball, she also does in the classroom as well. She plans to to major in business marketing/management and minor in Spanish. She’d like to do some traveling as well.

“I hope to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country, and one day travel around the world,” LeCount said.

For the more immediate future, LeCount hopes to help lead the Lady Reds to an NCAA Division III national championship and be a better leader for the team.

“I want to help this team win a national title first and foremost,” LeCount said. “Individual accomplishments will come with team success, but a national title is what I want most.

“I want to continue to grow as a player and improve each year, but I want to inspire my teammates and newcomers to follow my lead. If I can do that and lead them, I know I have played the right way.”

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