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DeKalb's Bemis, Hickey sign to play Division I volleyball

DeKALB – For DeKalb volleyball players Courtney Bemis and Abby Hickey, the long recruiting process is finally over.

With Bemis, it started her freshman year, when she started receiving interest. The visits began her sophomore season. Bemis originally committed to Wisconsin in 2012, but switched to Miami (Ohio) after the Badgers changed coaches.

Friday afternoon at DeKalb HIgh School, Bemis officially signed with the RedHawks, while Hickey signed with Stony Brook, a Division I school on Long Island which competes in the America East Conference.

"It's a stressful and kind of overwhelming process," Bemis said of recruiting. "But I mean, it's really, really good once you have it done."

Both players mentioned volleyball and academics as reasons for where they are headed. Bemis plans on majoring in kinesiology while Hickey said she will major in the general health sciences area.

Hickey said she wanted to have the experience of going to a school further away, and the Seawolves' coaches – Coley and Dan Pawlikowski, coached Hickey at the club level with the Kane County Juniors.

"It's going to be far, but already knowing the coaching staff is going to be better for me," Hickey said.

After playing outside hitter for the Barbs, a spot the team needed her at, Hickey expects to play libero in college.

She has club experience at libero, and DeKalb coach Ben Fisher, who also coaches Hickey with Club Fusion, said she'll have no problem playing that spot in college.

"I think she'll be great at it. I think she has a chance to be the best libero in that conference she's going into, for four years in a row," Fisher said. "I think that's how much potential and athleticism that she has. She has a tremendous amount of upside. She needs to get better fundamentally and she knows that."

G-K's Keegan to Winona: Genoa-Kingston senior catcher Paige Keegan signed her national letter of intent Thursday to play softball at Winona State.

Keegan was the 2013 Daily Chronicle Softball Player of the Year.

"I was actually looking very closely at another school I was interested in when my travel coach put a video highlight together for me," Keegan said. "Winona State was one of the first schools to get back to me after that. We took a trip up to visit the campus and I really liked the smaller school setting. Being from Genoa, I'm used to that. Plus, the campus was beautiful and they have a very successful program. It all just felt right."

Keegan was an All-Big Northern Conference East selection all three years and boasts a career batting average of .527 with 80 singles, 37 doubles, 15 triples and six home runs.

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