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MOUNT WASHINGTON – Familiarity with the school and some of its students recently helped Campbellsville University sign Bullitt East volleyball standout Hannah Fisher.
Fisher, a 5-8 outside hitter who played for her father, Ed Fisher, the past four years, made a visit to Campbellsville and fell in love with the school. She also got strong input from former Bullitt Central volleyball player Sarah Spurling who she joins as a teammate as well as former Bullitt East basketball player Lindy Young who plays that sport for the Tigers.
“The campus. I really love the campus,” Fisher said of why she picked Campbellsville for her future education. “Then I loved the girls on the team and I have friends there.”
Fisher also considered Asbury, Spalding and Brescia before deciding to sign with Campbellsville and head coach Amy Zink. Assistant coach Tara Lawson was present to get Fisher’s signature.
The Bullitt East senior had decided on Campbellsville two months before making it official with a ceremony in the Bullitt East Media Center.
Fisher had gone to a workout at Campbellsville and felt she had played well. A few days later the Tigers called and made an offer.
“I felt I had a really good one there,” Fisher said of the open gym look. “They didn’t say they would call then but they said they really liked me after the open gym.”
The 18-year old daughter of Bobbie and Ed Fisher expects to play on the outside for the Tigers.
“I prefer being a left side hitter,” the senior said. “Over the years I’ve just preferred it more. I’m right-handed so it’s better for me.”
Fisher has pulled her family into volleyball and that includes younger sister, Lexie. The seventh-grader at Eastside Middle School is already playing volleyball at Bullitt East and dressed for a few varsity matches last season.
At this point, Fisher is looking to major in criminology at Campbellsville with the hope of being on the detective side of criminal investigations.
Fisher grew up in Louisville before moving to Bullitt County when she was in the seventh grade and attended Mount Washington Middle School. She has played for a number of traveling teams outside of the high school season in both the MAVA and KIVA levels. The past two years she has been playing in the Union program.
A favorite memory of her playing time at Bullitt East came in some of the summer trips to the Bluegrass State Games where the team had pre-season scrimmages in Lexington.
“Getting out and spending time with the team was fun,” she said. “We got to stay in the UK dorms. We were there the same time the UK cheerleaders had try-outs and we hung out with them.”
There was also the time spent with her father as her high school coach.
“It was good,” she said. “We goofed around a lot. It will be an experience not playing for him.”
It was hard to tell at the ceremony if Ed Fisher was more proud as a father or the coach.
“Maybe a little more as a father,” he said with a smile.
“The final decision was 100 percent hers,” the coach pointed out. “She has to stay there for four years. We visited six different schools. After Campbellsville she said it was a perfect fit.”
Campbellsville has both a varsity and a junior-varsity volleyball program. The freshmen will start at the JV level and be given an opportunity to move up for varsity action.
The varsity Tiger program is part of the Mid-South Conference and is in the NAIA. After NAIA play, the team also competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association. Last year, the program posted a 30-13 record that included a loss in the Mid-South Conference semi-finals before the team traveled to Florida for the NCCAA national tournament.