Pittsburg senior Andie Casper has forged an impressive legacy during her four years of high school and on Wednesday afternoon, Casper signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Pittsburg State.
“Andie has an outstanding work ethic,” Pittsburg head coach Mary Packard said. “Her drive to continue to improve and to be the best that she can be is apparent not only on the court but also in the weight room and in the classroom.
“Andie has been an integral member of the Dragon volleyball team the past four years. It will be quite an adjustment to play matches without her this next season.”
A four-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball, Casper earned All-SEK honors three years. During her sophomore year, she earned first-team honors at setter, her junior year it was second team at libero (defensive specialist) and her senior year it was first team as an all-around player. She was an All-County selection three consecutive years.
Casper played on teams with an overall record of 93-57 and 29-3 in Southeast Kansas League play. Her sophomore and junior seasons were blessed with undefeated SEK League title runs.
Over her career, she totaled 310 kills, 57 blocks, 294 assists, 604 service points and 102 aces.
Casper signed with her hometown school and hometown team, where she will play defensive specialist in volleyball and be a member of the Honors College.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Pitt State,” Casper said. “It wasn’t until middle school that I knew I wanted to play volleyball there because that’s when I was introduced to the sport of volleyball and fell in love with it.”
“Playing volleyball for Pittsburg State has been a goal for Andie for many years,” Packard said. “Her family, volleyball teammates and coaches are all very proud of her. We are happy and excited for Andie and wish her nothing but the best of luck.”
When she begins playing at Pitt State, it will not be the first time for Casper to be coached by Pitt State head coach Ibraheem Suberu.
“I played club volleyball for him and I have been around him a lot,” Casper said.
Casper played for Suberu on the Star Aquila club volleyball team.
Times were tough for Casper and everybody who cares about her during her sophomore year. It all started when she was playing softball the summer before her sophomore year. She missed time during the volleyball season, played only a quarter during basketball season and missed all of softball as she was out for six months with Post-Concussion Syndrome.
“I didn’t know (if I would play sports again),” Casper said. “I was kind of skeptical about it because I didn’t know if having my injury would keep me back a little bit. It didn’t and I’m really glad it didn’t. I’m very thankful.”
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“Last year, all considering now that we know how injured she was, she did a great job,” Packard said in 2011. “It was tough on her after playing only one game of basketball, for her not only not playing but her health was so bad because of Post-Concussion Syndrome.
“We were real happy when she got a clear bill of health. She worked really hard this summer to get her body back in good shape to be able to go. We’re very happy to have her back in that helmet (a purple kickboxer’s sparring helmet). She’s an important cog in our wheel.”
Casper lettered in four different sports during high school: volleyball (four), softball (three), basketball (one) and track (one). She’s playing both softball and track right now with pitcher and shortstop in softball, sprints and the long jump in track on her dossier.
Recent PHS graduate and Pitt State defensive specialist Cassie Wilson finished her career (2007-2010) third all-time in digs with 1,914.
THE ANDIE CASPER FILE
• All-Southeast Kansas League three times (first team 2010, second team 2011, first team 2012)
• All-Crawford County three times (2010, 2011, 2012)
• team captain her senior year, as well as MVP and recipient of the Megan Mallatt Award
• voted Best Defensive Player on her team, sophomore and junior years
• played on teams with an overall record of 93-57 and 29-3 in the SEK
• played on two SEK League championship teams (2010, 2011) and two SEK League runner-ups (2009, 2012)
• finished her career with 310 kills, 57 blocks, 294 assists, 604 service points and 102 aces
• lettered in four sports: volleyball, basketball, softball and track