NewsCenterburg Setter Signs to Play Volleyball at MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s volleyball team has signed another recruit for the 2005 season with the addition of Bryee Hawkins.
Hawkins, a 5-foot-6 setter from Centerburg, Ohio, has decided to further her education and continue her volleyball career at MVNU. As a senior at Centerburg High School, she compiled 91 kills, 58 aces, 305 digs, and 693 assists as she helped her team to a Mid-Buckeye Conference title and a district championship as she was named to the MBC and All-District First Teams as well as being selected as the District Player of the Year and being chosen to the All-Ohio Second Team. As a junior, she also helped Centerburg win a state championship as she was named to the All-Conference and All-District Second Teams.
"Our team has known Bryee for many years and is excited to add her to our group,” said MVNU head coach Paul Swanson. "She is an experienced and talented setter, and she will provide us with another quality option at that all-important position. She also has excellent all-around skills, and it would not surprise me to see her compete for playing time at the back row or hitting positions. It is great to add such a high quality person and player to our team.”
In addition to playing volleyball, Hawkins has been active in student council and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). She has also played volleyball for seven years on the LOCO club team. She will join former Centerburg High School teammates Amanda Stevens, Rachael Stevens, and Tiffany Milburn on MVNU’s volleyball team.
"I chose MVNU because of the faith-based atmosphere it provides and the academic program meets all of my education needs,” said Hawkins of her college choice. "It also gives me the opportunity to continue my volleyball career in an excellent program.”
MVNU posted a 34-14 overall record in 2004 and finished the year ranked 21st in the final NAIA national poll. The Lady Cougars also posted an 11-5 mark in the highly competitive American Mideast Conference South Division, won the AMC Tournament, and finished as the NAIA Region IX Tournament runner-up.