Senior outside hitter/libero Graycie Michelson of the Sumter High School won't have to go far to continue her volleyball career.
Michelson signed with Columbia International University, a Christian school located in Columbia, last week as a …
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Michelson signed with Columbia International University, a Christian school located in Columbia, last week as a defensive specialist.
"It means everything," Michelson said of the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. "I've done a lot of hard work over the years, and to have a moment where it paid off is amazing. There are ups and downs, but once you get through it, you keep going."
In her senior season with the Lady Gamecocks, Michelson recorded 80 kills, had a 90.8 serving percentage and led the team in digs with 261.
"It's exciting to have players move on," Sumter head coach Christy Kelly said. "She's an exceptional young lady that can do that. She's had a vital role in the years she's been here. She's well-rounded, understands the game, is a good teammate and is an overall wonderful young lady."
Both Kelly and CIU volleyball head coach Amber Haver agree that Michelson is a good fit as a future Lady Ram.
"She's a really perfect fit for the school and the mission," Haver said. "We have a character-based coaching style, and she fits that model perfectly. On her visit last spring, she loved the campus and has great academics as an honor student."
CIU just completed its first-ever volleyball season and is looking to grow.
"I'm excited about how the program is developing," Haver said. "Graycie is a great addition to the program."
Michelson believes CIU is the total package.
"I love that it's a smaller Christian school," she said. "It's a good education with my faith (included), and they have good volleyball. It has all the qualities I'm looking for."
CIU is an NAIA school and is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The Rams went 14-20 in their just completed first season, 5-14 in conference play.
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