By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(October 7, 2013) – The University of North Carolina-Asheville volleyball program has received a commitment from Loudoun County High School captain Mandy Powers, who will join the Bulldogs’ squad in 2014.
“I went to Asheville in early September and everything just clicked,” said the 5-foot-10 senior. “[Asheville has] the right combination of everything: academics, school size, location and volleyball program. I loved the school and the area, UNC-A has an excellent academic reputation. When I met coach Frederico Santos, I knew I had found my home.”
The young Asheville Bulldogs, who have eight underclassmen team members, are 10-8 overall and 1-2 in the Big South Conference.
“[Santos] and assistant coach Lydee Benoit know that as a lefty I add an element of surprise from the serving, setting and hitting perspective,” said Powers who will play setter and right side hitter for the Bulldogs.
Like UNC-Asheville, the Raiders are undefeated at home this season as Loudoun County sits at 11-0 on the season and look to improve upon that record in a “big tournament” over Columbus Day weekend.
“We know our volleyball programs legacy puts a target on our back, and whenever we take the court the team on the other side of the net is hoping they will be the one to beat us,” said Powers who plays
club volleyball for the Metro American VBC of D.C. “These five matches will make us push ourselves to play smart on every point and never let down.”
The matches the Raiders have scheduled for the holiday weekend include tests against the back-to-back-to-back AAA VA State Champions in Floyd E. Kellam High School and perennial authority Atlee High School.“All my teammates and I have very high expectations from every player in every match,” Powers said. “My goal is to run the offense successfully and to be a leader on the court. Our team goal is bring our best to every practice and game so we can improve and push ourselves to be ready for the postseason. Our ultimate goal is to be back at the Siegel Center at VCU in November.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.