LCSC volleyball team signs Dlouhy for fall
Demi Dlouhy, who played volleyball the past two seasons at Montana State University, will transfer to Lewis-Clark State College and play for the Warrior volleyball team this fall, Warrior assistant coach Burdette Greeny announced on Wednesday.
Dlouhy, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, played at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls and graduated in 2007. She will be a junior eligibility wise this fall at LCSC.
During her freshman year at MSU, Dlouhy finished third on the team in blocks per game. Last season, she played in 24 games and was eighth on the team in blocks.
However, Montana State didn’t have much success the two seasons Dlouhy was there, finishing 0-16 in Big Sky Conference play both years. The team went 1-27 her freshman year and 3-23 last year.
“Transferring from Division I Montana State, our program is welcoming Demi with open arms,” Greeny said. “We are looking for Demi to step in right away and definitely contribute. She is also a powerful hitter who we will look to as one of our offensive options.
“Demi fills a large void at middle blocker for us with the graduation of our two senior middles, Julie Maciboba and Austyn Lewis. She sets a tremendous block and we look for our block to be very good this upcoming year with Demi, Jenika, Liz, and Dani. Each of them possesses the natural ability to block as quite possibly their best skill.”
Dlouhy is the second player on the team from Idaho Falls. Dana Christiansen is a senior right-side hitter who attended Idaho Falls High and knows Dlouhy from high school.
“Demi was exploring many options in the choice of the next school she would attend,” Greeny said. “During our recruitment of Demi it became apparent that our program fit what she was looking for. It was close to her parents’ new home in Coeur d’Alene, which would allow them to watch many of her games. She had a prior relationship already established with senior Dana Christiansen, who played at rival Idaho Falls High.
“But, maybe more than anything, in talking to Demi at length about a number of things, we showed her what the core of our program is about. All five of our team values are important, but our most integral team value to individual and team success is passion. It is part of the foundation of success and it encompasses everything we do. If someone cares about what they are doing and who they are doing it with, it will show. We believe we found someone who really wants to be a part of what we do on and off the court. It is from this that it became clear that we were what Demi was searching for and Demi was who we were searching for. We are very excited that Demi chose us.”
During her high school career, Dlouhy was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and basketball and led the Grizzlies to a second-place finish at the 2006 Class 5A State Tournament. She earned first-team all District 4-5-6 honors and was the her basketball team’s MVP her senior year.
Dlouhy is the daughter of Duane and Debbie Dlouhy and her older brother, Dustin was an All-American offensive lineman at the University of Montana. Dlouhy plans to major in Business at LCSC.
LCSC posted a 30-4 record last season and won its second straight conference regular season and tournament titles. LCSC advanced to the national tournament and was ranked No. 14 in the final NAIA poll.