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The volleyball team poses with college representatives 

Danville Danville Community College closed out its second volleyball season with a banquet to recognize the players and their families on Tuesday, November 1, at the college’s Foundation Hall. Pictured are, from left, front row: co-captains Allison Womack and Sydney Shelton and Dakota Walton; back row: Head Volleyball Coach Jerusha Kazmier, Abigal Stallings, McKenzie Brown, Emily Smoot, Lindsey Hite, DCC Athletic Director JoLane Tilley, and Vice President of Academic and Student Services Dr. Debra Holley. Not pictured: Assistant Coach Ann Hope White and players Jamaica Brandon and Aimee Ward.

 

DCC Lady Knights conclude season in style

 

(November 2, 2016)  – The Danville Community College Lady Knights Volleyball Team was recognized during a banquet held at the college’s Foundation Hall on Tuesday, November 1.

“The purpose of the volleyball banquet was to honor and recognize the players for the fall 2016 season. Playing a sport, attending college, and working, as most students were, is a big commitment. It is important to celebrate the accomplishments of these young ladies,” said JoLane Tilley, DCC athletics director. “The event also gave us an opportunity to thank the parents of each player for their support and help during the season, in addition to the support and commitment from Danville Community College and the DCC Foundation.”

The DCC Educational Foundation provides full financial support for up to three years of any newly created sport at the college. After that, the team must be self-supporting in order to continue, such as the DCC Knights Baseball Team.

"The DCC Educational Foundation is committed to student success through the college’s student athletics," Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development Shannon Hair said. "We have a history of supporting DCC Volleyball to allow their sport to continue."

Head Coach Jerusha Kazmier recognized three team members for their outstanding performance and attitude. Sydney Shelton received the Coaches Award, Allison Womack was named Most Valuable Player, and Dakota Walton received the “Maddie” Jackson Award, given in memory of the DCC freshman who died earlier this year after a nine-month fight to recover from a car crash last October.

The team’s jerseys feature Jackson’s retired number 7 on the upper left sleeve. Jackson was on the volleyball team during its inaugural season and was in the process of taking prerequisites for the college’s nursing program.

Tilley said she hoped that the “Maddie” Jackson Award will be given annually in recognition of players who show determination and strength.

Kazmier said she has a lot of hope for a strong third season next fall.

“This will be the team to watch next year,” Kazmier said. “We were a strong team this year and we will be strong next year, especially because we have a lot of good returners.”

“We overcame every obstacle that was thrown at us this year,” Womack said. “I think we had a good season — our record did not reflect us one bit.”

Shelton, a sophomore, said she looks back on her experiences with the volleyball team as some of the most memorable parts of DCC student life.

“I have enjoyed playing volleyball the last two years,” Shelton said. “I have made memories that will last a lifetime. I'm proud of my team and what we have accomplished.”

While the DCC Lady Knights were a force to be reckoned with on the court, the volleyball team was just as fierce in its commitment to making the community a better place. The team collected canned goods for God’s Storehouse this semester and hosted a “Pink Out” event in support of advancement in breast cancer research in October.

The 2016 team included co-captains Sydney Shelton of Gretna and Allison Womack of Danville, Dakota Walton of Chatham, Emily Smoot of Danville, McKenzie Brown of Dry Fork, Lindsey Hite of Danville, Aimee Ward of Danville, Jamaica Brandon of Danville, and Abigal Stallings of Danville, with Head Coach Jerusha Kazmier and Assistant Coach Ann Hope White.

The 2017 season will kick off next August with more games and community outreach than ever, Tilley said.

Students or potential students interested in joining the volleyball team for the fall 2017 season should contact JoLane Tilley at 434-797-8481 or jtilley@dcc.vccs.edu.


Click here for more photos from the 2016 Danville Community College Volleyball Banquet.

 

 

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