Salukis recruiting well in advance

By Aaron Graff

SIU volleyball does not have any recruits signed for next season.

Coach Justin Ingram said there are two parts to the recruiting season, and the team will probably sign a player or two in the spring. He said the second recruiting period lasts from April until the season starts in August.

The Salukis have two seniors, outside hitter Kat Agson and libero Alex Rivera. Ingram said he would try to sign a new libero to replace Rivera, who played in every set this season, but it does not always work that way. He said he would try to sign a setter, because both setters are sophomores.


“We just need to prepare,” Ingram said. “We call it a positional depth chart to make sure we get a little more balanced out so we don’t graduate everybody at one time.”

Despite not yet having any recruits for next year, the Salukis may have a player for the 2016 season.

Ginger Perinar, a junior at Minooka Community High School, has her Twitter bio as, “SIUC volleyball commit”.

Perinar tweeted on July 31, “officially committed to SIU! #GoSalukis.”

Ingram could not confirm the matter, but said it is not uncommon to recruit players before their senior year. He said staff is already evaluating potential 2017 recruits.

SIU freshman defensive specialist Gabriella Shepherd played with Perinar for two seasons at Minooka.

“[Perinar] came in as a freshman and sophomore and made varsity both times,” Shepherd said.


According to, Perinar is 6-foot-2 and has 591 kills in 199 sets played during her high school career.

Perinar has family members involved in volleyball. Her brother Mitch Perinar, a freshman outside hitter at Lewis University in Romeoville, was selected to the 2014 Men’s Junior National Training Team by USA Volleyball. Her sister, Brenna Perinar is a freshman outside hitter at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. She played with Shepherd as well.

Perinar could not be reached for an interview.

“We’re excited about the future of the players here and the commitment of the current student athletes right now,” Ingram said.

Aaron Graff can be reached at [email protected], on Twitter @Aarongraff_DE or 536-3311 ext. 269