Story by Warrior Legend student writer Jedidiah Bressman
September 24, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – For the past few years, only one Singstock has attended Indiana Tech: Rikki. A senior on the women’s soccer team, she is about ready to move onto the next phase of her life. But during her last year at Tech, she will have to share the school with her younger brother and sister, John and Tori. Both are in their first year at Indiana Tech and enjoying their time here so far. Besides the fact that they all attend Indiana Tech, they have another thing in common; all three are members of Tech soccer teams.
Rikki and Tori played together for a year in high school and are excited to have the opportunity to share the field again for one more year.
“My sister really encourages me to become a better player,” said Tori. “She really helps me on the field.”
Indiana Tech women’s Head Coach Jim Lipocky is definitely a fan of having both of them on the team.
“It’s always fun to coach sisters because they bring their unique connection to our program. Rikki has been instrumental in reviving our program and Tori has always been around us as she has attended many games in the past. Now that Rikki and Tori are reunited on the playing field, they are fulfilling their dream of playing together just as they did in high school. In all my previous positions, this is the first time I have seen three siblings representing their institution in the same sport.”
Rikki has helped lead the team’s resurgence on the field for the past four years. In 2008, the year before her arrival, the Indiana Tech women went 4-13-1. Since stepping foot on campus in 2009, the midfielder has played in every match, and Tech has seen its win total improve in each season. Her steady play and leadership has the Warriors out to an 8-2 start in her senior campaign, one of the best starts in program history.
Younger sister Tori is quickly making a name for herself on campus as well. She was one of the top scorers in the state of Michigan her senior year of high school and has made an immediate impact for the Warriors. In her first collegiate game, Tori had a dominant performance scoring three times to lead Tech to a victory over their crosstown rival University of Saint Francis to win the Fort Wayne Cup. It was the first time in the five-year battle for the Cup that the Warriors had defeated the Cougars.
The Singstock siblings, who attended Southgate Anderson High School in Southgate, Michigan, have grown up playing other sports together as well. “The age groups were different [in soccer], but we all did gymnastics together. We all were taught to work together. As we got older I was more focused on gymnastics and Tori was more focused on soccer,” said Rikki.
Rikki and Tori live in the same dorm on campus and have enjoyed being near each other. “We were always really close. I mean we still get into fights, but we always work it out. It’s like living at home,” Rikki explained. “But Rikki is more of the mom figure,” said John.
John is attending Indiana Tech for the criminal justice program, just like older sister Rikki. The program, along with head men’s soccer coach David Bokhart, were the two reasons he came to Tech. Having his sisters attend was just a plus.
Tori does credit her sister somewhat to her decision to attend Tech. “I came for the soccer program, they had a physical education program, and my sister being here was part the reason.” Tori said.
“Being able to have my siblings on campus means I can always have a brother-sister or sister-sister conversation, even though we are away from home. Having both of them here, [I am] always looking out for them,” Rikki said.
“If I’m feeling homesick I can always just walk over and hang with them,” said John. Tori echoed the thought, “knowing my sister is here, if I have a problem about anything, is great.”
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