Amy McNew, seen in this photo from her playing days, will be enshrined Feb. 6 into the MSU Hall of Fame.

Amy McNew was at a Houston girls’ basketball game when her phone rang. She stepped into the hallway and was told she had selected to the Missouri State University Hall of Fame.

Then came the hard part: Keeping it to herself.

“I tried to play it cool,” McNew said. “I didn’t want to look like an idiot.”

McNew, the assistant volleyball coach at Houston High School, is one of six athletes to be enshrined the weekend of Feb. 5-6 into the university’s athletic hall of fame. She will be inducted alongside former MSU men’s basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour, former soccer coach Frank Dinka, football player Jeremy Hoog, track and field athlete Verneta Lesforis and basketball player Roshonda Reed.

McNew, a Branson High School graduate, was a four-year volleyball standout from 1990-’93. The Lady Bears finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference in McNew’s first year before winning regular season league titles her last three seasons. MSU won the conference tournament and advanced to NCAA Tournament play in McNew’s freshman and senior seasons and competed in the national invitational meet in her junior campaign.

McNew was on the all-Valley second team her junior year and landed a spot on the all-conference first team as a senior while also making the Valley all-tournament team.

The 36th annual induction will bring the number of people in the MSU hall to 326.

The inductees will be enshrined at a Feb. 6 luncheon in the Plaster Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling 417-836-4143.

The six also will be recognized at halftime of the Lady Bears basketball game Feb. 5 and the Bears game Feb. 6. Both games are against Creighton.

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