NewsJohnstown Twins Sign to Play Two Sports at MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball and softball teams have signed a pair of recruits for the 2004-2005 season as twins Alicia and Ashley Carr have committed to attend MVNU to further their education and continue their athletic careers with the Lady Cougars.
The Carr twins, who are both 5-foot-7 guards and natives of Johnstown, Ohio, starred at Johnstown-Monroe High School. As a senior, Alicia averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 steals, and 1.5 rebounds as she was selected as her team’s Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive player. Ashley, who played in the post as a senior to help the team, averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 steals, and 2.0 assists.
"I am excited about the signings of Alicia and Ashley Carr,” said MVNU head coach Steve Gregory. "Both girls are of strong and upstanding Christian character, and both are talented basketball players from just down the road. Both girls have enjoyed strong careers in basketball, softball, and volleyball in high school and will entertain the notion of playing basketball and softball here at MVNU.”
"I look forward to coaching and molding Alicia and Ashley over the next four years,” Gregory added. "They both possess a strong willingness to learn along with a great work ethic. Their overall growth as Christian student-athletes is our main priority, and their witness will be a strong one for all to see.”
In addition to playing basketball, softball, and volleyball, the Carr twins have both been involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCCLA, Big Buddies, and Leo Club. Both sisters were also selected to Who’s Who Among High School Students.
"When Alicia and I started looking at colleges, our initial selection criteria hinged on the quality of the school’s athletic program and financial aid,” said Ashley. "However, as we evaluated other schools, we noticed significant differences in their approaches to education as a whole. Some schools placed stronger emphasis on athletics, others on education, and more still on student activities and social life. Very few institutions balanced each of these areas while still providing strong resources for spiritual growth.”
"MVNU has impressed me greatly with its balanced theological approach to education,” Ashley continued. "I am very excited about the possibility of becoming part of a tradition that will not only prepare me for the life ahead of me, but will also teach me how to give something back and to serve others.”
"I was very impressed with the spiritual approach the university takes to education,” added Alicia. "So often, we get caught up in our daily lives and our spiritual lives fall by the wayside. I feel the environment at MVNU will help me to learn more about Christ and his plan for my life. I am very excited about having the opportunity to continue my academic and athletic careers and develop spiritually at the same time.”
MVNU, an NAIA Division II school, finished the 2003-2004 season with a 7-22 overall record. The Lady Cougars, who won the National Christian College Athletic Association national title in 2001, compete in the American Mideast Conference South Division.