Middle hitter Erin Sherman from South Webster, OH is off to a great start in her college career. She is currently leading the RedStorm volleyball team in kills (61), kills per game (3.6), attack percentage (.536), blocks (26) and blocks per game (1.3) through the team's first five matches.
Sherman, at 6-2, is the real deal and the hope is that she will pick up where she left off at the prep level and quickly. She is well on her way to proving that. Sherman posted 18 kills, seven solo blocksand three block assists in a five-game scrimmage versus Sinclair Community College, in which Rio Grande won all five games.
"Sherman is a nice, tall player that plays even bigger than she is," Donaldson said. "She does not play this game like most tall players, a lot of times your taller girls don't jump well because they are used to not having to jump too high to get kills or blocks, but Sherman jumps very, very well and comes down on the ball in a very intimidating fashion."
"We will have an advantage over teams before we even begin the game if they watch her warm up," Donaldson added. "She truly punishes the ball and any defenders. She blocks very well too. She, like Walker, plays her game above the net. Way above. Walker and Sherman will make a very nice wall that other teams are going to have great difficulty getting over this year."
Donaldson commented that Sherman is more than just a force at the net. "Sherman also has a very nice jump-serve," Donaldson said. "She will probably see some back row as well this season; she is an all-around player that all coaches dream about. Erin Sherman will be a name that other teams will remember."
Sherman's best performance to date came in a five-game loss to a very good Indiana University East squad in which she led the RedStorm with 21 kills. She also had five solo blocks and one block assist.
Rio Grande is 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Mid-South Conference.