Red Hawk volleyball signs Alexander Central duo

Red Hawk volleyball signs Alexander Central duo

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program has added the first two recruits to its 2018 signing class.

The Alexander Central High School duo of Chesney Millsaps and Kelsea DeJarnette signed with the Red Hawks volleyball program during a ceremony hosted by the Cougars on Monday morning.

"We are so excited to add Chesney and Kelsea to our fall 2018 roster," said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "Both athletes bring size and strength to the net for us. It's great to be able to bring in local talent who have been involved in our Red Hawk volleyball events and camps for years. We already feel like Chesney and Kelsea are part of the family."

Playing both middle hitter and right side during her high school career, Millsaps tallied 184 kills, 77 blocks, 35 digs and 19 assists in her senior season with the Cougars.

Millsaps enjoyed the wide variety of positives CVCC had to offer her, which led to her signing with the Red Hawks.

"The campus was very friendly," Millsaps said. "The coaches are very friendly and have good attitudes. They are always nice. They greet you with a hug. They always have smiles on their faces, and they always put a smile on yours. They are always positive. CVCC was nice all around."

Playing outside hitter for the past two seasons at ACHS, DeJarnette finished her senior season at ACHS with 163 kills, 26 assists, 38 blocks and 154 digs.

A strong reason why DeJarnette signed with CVCC was because of its coaching staff.

"I loved the facilities, and I love the coaches," DeJarnette said. "The coaches have great attitudes. I just feel like they are really going to help me when I get to where I can play for them. I know they are a great people, and they are willing to help me. They were just so nice to me when I came to their camps. It was a really great experience, especially with the girls, too."

Behind DeJarnette and Millsaps, Alexander Central went 17-8 overall and 10-4 in Northwestern 3A/4A volleyball games this past fall season, including a second-round appearance in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) playoffs.

Outside of their prep careers, DeJarnette and Millsaps also played club volleyball together for Carolina Select under Ally Greer. The two have also played volleyball together since middle school.

Alexander Central head volleyball coach Leslie Herwig believes the strong bond between the two players and friends will help them excel at CVCC.

"They bring work ethic, they bring strength and they bring power," Herwig said. "They bring a special bond between each other on the court being that they are best friends. They'll work all year round to become a better player. That's a really special quality they both have."

At CVCC, Millsaps plans to pursue her Associate in Nursing, while DeJarnette plans to pursue an Associate in Applied Science (Radiology).