Ninth former player claims ex-University of South Alabama volleyball coach sexually harassed her

One lawsuit alleged Alexis Meeks-Rydell created a climate of fear and intimidation among the team and forced them to play when hurt.

A ninth alleged victim has come forward claiming former University of South Alabama women’s volleyball coach Alexis Meeks-Rydell sexually harassed her and subjected her to physical and psychological abuse when she was a member of the team.

Cassadi Colbert, a former USA women’s volleyball player, also contended that university officials knew of the harassment and abuse but did nothing to stop it in her lawsuit filed late last month in Mobile federal court.

The university could not be reached for comment.

Colbert’s lawsuit claims the former volleyball coach, who resigned in 2019, forced her to hug her and tell her she loved her. The suit also alleges Meeks-Rydell would text players late at night to convene “breakfast clubs” as early as 4 a.m., where the coach would force the players “to run and do other physical drills until the players vomited, passed out, or cried due to inability to continue.”

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