College Volleyball: DCCC introduces 2014 team
Davidson County Community College introduced the 2014 Storm volleyball team during its annual National Letter of Intent signing day Monday in the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on the Davidson Campus.
Eight freshmen and a sophomore transfer student from Minnesota join Chloe Barnes, McKenzie Burkhart and Maggie Hughes, all returnees from a 2013 squad that finished as regular season runner-up in the Tarheel Conference.
“This could be one of the best recruiting classes we’ve ever had at DCCC,” says first-year head coach Justin Burgess. “They’re putting in hard work right now, and it’s already starting to show. We’ve set high goals for this team, and I expect them to compete at a very high level.”
Barnes, a 2013 All-American nominee, was a top 20 outside hitter in National Junior College Athletic Association Division III play last year and was recently recognized by the NJCAA as one of the top returnees in the nation for 2014. The Ledford High School graduate won 2013 Tarheel Conference Player of the Year honors. Burgess notes that Barnes, who is receiving offers from four-year colleges, is expected to make an immediate impact for the Storm during the upcoming season.
Burkhart, a Central Davidson High School graduate, plays the libero position. She led the conference in digs last year.
Hughes, a middle hitter and graduate of West Davidson High School, is an aggressive player and outstanding blocker.
Barnes, Burkhart and Hughes were all named to the 2013 All-Conference Team and will provide leadership as team captains this season.
Incoming team members are:
- Rose Mitchell of Crosslake, Minnesota, a sophomore transfer who played for Central Lakes College in 2013, is a powerful, aggressive hitter with a big block. She brings a great deal of experience to the right side hitter position.
- Kristin Adair, a freshman from West Davidson, is a defensive specialist who is expected to make an immediate impact.
- Kaley Adair, Kristin’s twin, is an outside hitter who has shown great potential in preseason practice.
- Candace Craig Lyerly, a graduate of North Hills Christian School in Salisbury, is a setter and right side hitter. The freshman is a skilled player expected to make an immediate impact.
- Hali Phillips comes from a strong high school volleyball program at Jesse C. Carson High School in China Grove. She is a middle/right side hitter.
- Taylor McPhatter, an East Davidson High School graduate, plays middle hitter. She is a powerful hitter and an all-around athlete.
- Madison Hunt, another freshman from West Davidson, has a huge vertical jump and will compete for playing time at the outside hitter position.
- Alis Styer, a defensive specialist and one of the team’s best servers, will also compete for playing time. The freshman is a graduate of Ledford Senior High School.
- Allie Maine, an experienced and smart setter, is expected to make an immediate impact. She is a graduate of Davie County High School in Mocksville.
For a complete season schedule, visit the college website at www.davidsonccc.edu/athletics.