Samantha Spink, former Coeur d’Alene High School volleyball standout, has decided to transfer from Penn State to Washington State.
Spink said Saturday night she selected WSU over Idaho, Washington and Pacific. She will enroll for the upcoming semester and be on scholarship immediately.
“It’s going to be a big change, but it’s something I’m looking forward to,” said Spink, who will be a junior next season. She can play immediately.
Spink, a 5-foot-9 setter, was Penn State’s starting setter in 1995 as a redshirt freshman. She had 128 kills and 1,500 assists.
But she lost the setting job to freshman Bonnie Bremner this season. Penn State lost to Nebraska in the East Region finals. WSU lost to eventual champion Stanford in the West Region finals.
WSU’s setting chores have been handled by Stephanie Papke, an all-Pac-10 Conference setter who will be a senior next year.
“I’m not looking at beating her out,” Spink said. “I’m looking at playing as hard as I can and getting as good as I can and hopefully that will make the team better.”
Cunningham leaves NIC
North Idaho College reserve basketball guard David Cunningham has decided to leave the team for personal reasons.
Cunningham was academically ineligible for most of the first half of the season due to a snafu over his summer credit hours. He would have been eligible for the second half of the season.
Former Lake City High standount Jon Chatfield, an NIC redshirt, is academically ineligible.
NIC (11-1) plays a non-league game at Walla Walla Monday.
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