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Lions' men's volleyball program welcomes All-American to the team

Thursday, June 27, 2013
by Dane Neumeister

Richie Planek, a 6-foot-3, setter/opposite, from Wheaton (IL) Warrenville South High School near Chicago, IL, will attend the College of Mount St. Joseph in the fall and play volleyball for the Lions.

Planek, an AVCA Second Team All-American, was among 20 players in the country selected for the prestigious All-American honor. The Mount is the only Division III program in the country to receive a commitment from an All-American.

“Richie is a difference-making player who can be a leader at the Mount right away, and for the next four years,” Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich said. “His personal values fit perfectly in the Mount’s mission. He is an excellent student, a great person and creative mind.”

In his senior season under Head Coach Bill Schreier, Planek recorded 628 assists, 145 kills and 24 aces. He earned DVC All-Conference, Illinois High School Boys All-Star Team and DVC Academic All-Conference team honors in addition to his national recognition following his senior campaign.

 “I could not be more thrilled for Richie, the program, the College and the community,” Lengerich said. “It was clear when he visited that Richie was a great fit athletically and academically.”

Planek intends to major in Graphic Design and said he chose the Mount over several other schools in part because he enjoyed the Mount’s close-knit community.

Planek joins Grant Meeks (Fort Wayne, IN), Zach Kuebler (Hilliard, OH); and Brett Cooper and Josh Schneider, both from Cincinnati, OH, as first-year players for the upcoming season.

Richie is the son of Kathleen and Richard Planek.

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