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NIACC volleyball signs defensive specialist Kayla White


This news story was published on January 31, 2012.
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MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC volleyball has added defensive specialist Kayla White of Braham, Minnesota to bring the Trojans 2012 recruiting class to five so far.

White was an All-Great River Conference selection her senior season while helping Braham High School (BHS) to a share of the Great River Conference regular season title.  She was also voted Braham’s Defensive Player of the Year during her time at BHS.

“We are very excited that Kayla will be joining our team next year and can’t wait to see what she does at the college level,” NIACC head volleyball coach Chris Brandt said.  “She is very passionate about volleyball and wants to be a successful student athlete.”

The Trojans were 13-29 last fall, and were ranked seventh defensively in the ten-team Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) last season.  White’s ability to close in on the ball will help shore up a defense that saw three top-12 ranked teams in conference play.

“Kayla is not scared to hit the floor if it means keeping the ball in play,” said Braham volleyball coach Britne Engelking.  “Although she is not very tall, she plays big and can cover a lot of ground quickly.  She has heart for the game and her teammates, and exhibits respect towards her coaches.”

White will join a program that will return four players from last season, and is promising to not let up at the next level.

“‘Winner’s quit when they’ve won, losers quit when they’ve lost, I never quit.’ I believe strongly in this motto because a true athlete is out on the court becoming better and stronger every day, whether it is a loss or a win,” White said.

NIACC, or North Iowa Area Community College, is located in Mason City, Iowa.  NIACC plays in Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and is in Region XI of the NJCAA.

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