KSU serves up women’s volleyball
From all across the nation‚ female student−athletes are zeroing in on KSU’s newest sport: volleyball.“The interest has been outstanding‚ overwhelming even‚” Head Coach Valerie Jones said. She’s received calls from California to Michigan‚ as well as a lot of local interest.
(Jan 31, 2006) — From all across the nation‚ female student−athletes are zeroing in on KSU’s newest
“The interest has been outstanding‚ overwhelming even‚” Head Coach Valerie Jones said. She’s received calls from California to Michigan‚ as well as a lot of local interest.
“People have stopped me in the grocery store‚” she said. “They’ve actually recognized me from stories in the papers.”
The sport‚ along with women’s golf‚ was added to the roster because of the university’s move to Division I last year. So far‚ Jones has signed four players and is aiming for 12−15. Tryouts for currently enrolled students were held earlier this month‚ and practice will begin in August. The season kicks off Labor Day weekend and runs through mid−November.
“Volleyball is really picking up‚” she said. “Previously‚ students would leave the state to be in a volleyball program‚ but Georgia is really becoming a hotbed. Hopefully‚ women’s volleyball will become a mainstay and a successful program.”
Other state universities with women’s volleyball programs include the University of West Georgia‚ Savannah State University‚ Fort Valley State University‚ Armstrong Atlantic State University and Augusta State University. There are more than 300 Division I schools with women’s volleyball teams‚ Jones said.
“She is a proven winner with Division I experience‚ and I see us being immediately competitive in the Atlantic Sun Conference‚” Athletic Director Dave Waples said. “Volleyball is a great spectator sport‚ and I feel that we’ll develop a great KSU fan−base.”
Jones joined KSU last August and has already traveled the state and region looking for prospects.
“I was interested in the challenge of building a new program from scratch‚” she said. “I didn’t want to change or improve something; I wanted to lay the foundation.”
Before coming to KSU‚ Jones had a successful three−year stint as the head coach at Joliet Junior College in Illinois‚ where she also served as the women’s athletic coordinator and women’s softball assistant coach. Jones has also coached volleyball at Northwestern University‚ the University of California‚ Davis‚ and Utah State University.
An all−around athlete who excelled at basketball‚ soccer‚ track and softball‚ Jones chose to focus on volleyball at McHenry County College in Illinois where she was named “Female Athlete of the Year.” She then transferred to the University of Tampa‚ where she played for two seasons and was named to the All−Sunshine State Conference team and the All−Region team.
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