RSS volleyballer signs letter of intent
A Texan with state universities hoping to garner her volleyball skills, Sterling High School’s Kayla Jones went rogue.
Or more simply put, she went all in on Ohio.
The senior libero and reigning District 21-6A Defensive Player of the Year made a recruiting trip to Ohio Christian University last week and has come home as a future member of the Lady Trailblazers.
Jones signed a letter of intent with them during her visit to Circleville, Ohio.
Ohio Christian, an NAIA school and member of the River States Conference, is currently 2-6 overall following a 2-22 season a year ago.
“I felt they were just different than every other school I’ve been to,” Jones said. “The girls and everyone were the nicest people I’ve ever met. The coach was just amazing and the area was perfect. It was small and felt like a good community to be in.”
Rachael Bailes is in her first year as Ohio Christian’s head coach.
Jones said the assistance of a recruiter to put her name out there led to Ohio Christian discovering her.
“They saw me on film, watched me at a tournament and then they wanted me to go visit,” Jones said. “I got to play with them. They felt so bonded with each other. Other schools I would go to, the players felt more segregated.”
Jones, who was also recruited by Lubbock Christian, Henderson State, Dallas Baptist and East Texas Baptist, will play libero at Ohio Christian.
It has been a position she has played at Sterling for most of her career.
“I like the thrill of being in the middle of a rally and you get an amazing up, your team gets really hyped for you, it’s a whole different feeling you get than any other position,” Jones said. “I used to want to be an outside, but then you realize you are too short to do that.”
The Sterling coaching staff is excited for their defensive leader.
“I am proud of her hard work and dedication toward continuing her career in college and have no doubt that she will be a valuable asset to their team,” Sterling head coach Candace Southall said.
Now Jones will have to prepare herself for colder weather.
“I’ve never lived in snow, but I have been around it before,” Jones said. “I think trying to drive around in the snow will be tough for me, because I have a really small car.”