CENTENARY, Ohio — On Thursday at Gallia Academy High School, senior Carly Shriver signed her letter of intent to join the University of Rio Grande volleyball team.
“It’s a blessing to be able to play at the collegiate level,” Shriver said. “It’s always been a dream of mine and I’m just so glad that I have to opportunity to do so. I’m so glad that Coach Donaldson and Rio Grande have given me the opportunity to farther my education and my love for volleyball.”
As a two-year starting setter for GAHS, Shriver amassed 1,113 career assists and helped Gallia Academy win back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships and claim its third straight Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title in the final year of the league.
“Its been really special to be a part of something so big at Gallia Academy,” Shriver said. “I’d like to thank my family and teammates for always being there and pushing me to be my best.”
GAHS set a new school records for wins twice in Shriver’s tenure, as the Blue Angels were 22-3 in her junior season and 25-1 this past fall, when finished as district runner-up. The 2016 Blue Angels became the first GAHS team to complete a perfect regular season and the first team since 2001 to reach district final.
“I’m real happy to see Carly take the next step in signing with the University of Rio Grande,” GAHS head coach Janice Rosier said. “I look forward to watching her play, since it’s close to home. She’s been the leader of our team for a while now, she ran the offense. She’s an extremely hard worker and a team player, she’s going to bring a lot to Rio Grande.”
In addition to her impressive assists tally, Shriver — a two time All-OVC first team selection — posted 110 aces, 359 digs and 53 kills over her junior and senior seasons in the Blue and White. Carly was named All-District 13 second team in both her junior and senior seasons, while earning All-SEOAL first team honors as a junior.
“We’ve watched her grow up through the program, being right here local, and we know that her team’s success is because of her want to win,” RedStorm head coach Billina Donaldson said. “She has great knowledge of the game, she’s very dedicated, and she’s a very sweet kid, her personality is awesome.
“The big thing I like about her is, if I ask her to go through a wall for me, she’s going to go through the wall for me to get a point, or keep the other team from scoring. The next thing would be, she just puts the ball where it needs to be all the time. She makes great decisions, she has great hands and she’s going to great things.”
Shriver also noted that Rio Grande was a perfect choice to stay close to family and friends. Carly currently holds a 4.0 grade point average, with an overall 3.5 GPA. At URG, Carly plans on an intervention specialist major.
In addition to volleyball, Shriver has also excelled for the Blue Angels in basketball and softball.
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