RACINE, Ohio — On April 28 at Southern High School, senior Kamryn Smith signed her letter of intent to join the Muskingum volleyball team next season.
“It’s actually been a dream of mine for a long time to play in college,” Smith said. “I always hoped that I would, but it was a small hope. I wasn’t sure that I’d actually get to, so it means a lot to me.”
Smith — one of 11 seniors on Southern’s 2016 club — is a four-year member of the SHS volleyball program, and helped the Lady Tornadoes claim back-to-back Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division titles in her junior and senior seasons.
“Kamryn is a motivated, dedicated, hardworking athlete,” SHS head coach Kim Hupp said. “She’s always seeking knowledge on how to become a better volleyball player. No matter what I asked of her, she did her best to make it happen. I think she will be a great asset to the Muskingum volleyball team this fall.
“Kamryn was one of our team captains this past year so her leadership will be greatly missed,” Hupp added. “She always set a good example for her teammates through her hustle and actions. She was an all around player, playing back row and outside hitter, so our upcoming club will have to work hard to fill her spot. I wish her the best of luck at Muskingum as she starts her college career playing volleyball.”
As a senior, Smith helped lead the Purple and Gold to a 21-3 record and a sectional championship. She was rewarded for her effort being named first team and the Defensive Player of the Year in both the league and the district.
“Coach Hupp really taught us a lot this year and she improved us,” Smith said. “With what she taught us, I was able to be defensive player of the year, so I got to play in the All-Ohio game, which is where I got recognized by Muskingum’s coach.”
MU head coach Hallie Donathan led the Lady Muskies to a 15-14 record, including 3-6 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Muskingum is a private NCAA Division III school, located in New Concord, Ohio.
“The first thing that caught my eye was their campus, it’s really beautiful,” Smith said of Muskingum. “It’s a small campus, there’s only a few thousand people there and I like that, it’s sort of a home away from home.”
At Muskingum, Kamryn will major in nursing. The Fighting Muskies’ 2017 season is scheduled begin on September 1, at St. Vincent.
Smith is currently ranked sixth in the SHS graduating class of 2017, holding a 4.02 grade-point-average.
Kamryn has also competed for the SHS track and field team for two seasons. On May 3, in the TVC Hocking meet, Smith earned the long jump championship with a leap of 15-7.5. In her first season of track, Kamryn was runner-up in the league in the long jump, and then accounted for the Lady Tornadoes’ lone point in the district meet, finishing eighth in the 400m dash.
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