For many years, small colleges around Appalachia were known for giving local students scholarships and a chance to play sports at the next level. This allowed the communities to feel a part of the school, and lent support for the programs.
This is not the norm today. The desire to win has outgrown our small communities and schools as now these scholarships go to students from far away or foreign lands.
This is not the case for the Alice Lloyd College women’s volleyball team. The fledgling program has decided to build from the ground up using local talent.
This is the second year that the Lady Eagles have played in the National Christian College Association, and will be looking to make their mark this season my advancing through the NCCAA Mid-East Region tournament.
Alice Lloyd has but three returning players on this year’s squad, and will dress 12 total players this season. Of the 12 players on the roster, 10 are from the mountain area of Kentucky, including Ariel Williams of Perry Central and Morgan Robinson of Hazard.
The coaching staff is also comprised of Perry Countians. The Lady Eagles are led by second year head coach Kari Huber and first year assistant Sarrah Huber (a Hazard graduate).
Alice Lloyd’s first game of the season will be August 20 at West Virginia Tech. The match will be a tri-match with UC Clermont and West Virginia Tech.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.