MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon fifth-year volleyball coach Megan Aiello has announced the addition of 12 newcomers who have completed their intent to enroll paperwork and have committed to suit up for the Lady Hawks this fall.
Melissa Baswell (Bessemer, Ala./Faulkner University), Allyson Brislinger (Chesnee, S.C./Chesnee HS), Abby Brown (Haleyville, Ala./Haleyville HS), Fowler Grant (Atlanta, Ga./St. Francis HS), Kelly Kahumoka (Enterprise, Ala./Enterprise Preparatory Academy), Rachel Mayton (Thomasville, Ala./Sweet Water HS), Alyssa McCurry (Montgomery, Ala./Brew Tech HS), Angelle McMillan (Spanish Fort, Ala./Spanish Fort HS), Samantha Morris (Stockbridge, Ga./Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School), Melony Motley (Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley HS), Mallorie Richardson (Rainbow City, Ala./Southside HS) and Lauren Rozof (Helena, Ala./Kingwood Christian Academy) have been accepted to Huntingdon and will compete for the Lady Hawks in the upcoming season.
"I am very excited about this incoming class,” Aiello said. “Along with adding depth to our roster, we have several players that I think can come in and contribute right away, something we needed for this season. With the players that we have returning, and this talented group of freshmen, 2010 should be a very exciting year for Huntingdon College volleyball."
Baswell, a defensive specialist, prepped at Oak Grove High School where she was a two-time team captain and was named the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player as a senior. While with the Tigers, Baswell helped the team to second-place finishes in both the county and the area tournaments in 2007 and was named to the Grapple in the Grove All-Tournament team. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in education.
One of five middle blockers in the 2010 class, Brislinger recorded 231 kills, 116 blocks, 94 service aces and 68 digs as a senior, en route to all-area, all-district, all-region and all-state honors. In addition, she was also named the region Player of the Year, team Most Valuable Player and a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee. A co-captain of the squad as a senior, she also was a member of the Eagles’ All-Academic team and was recognized as Spartanburg Herald Journal Athlete of The Week and Scholar Athlete of the Week. Brislinger plans to major in biology at Huntingdon.
Also a middle blocker, Brown enjoyed a storied career at Haleyville High School, where she led the team in blocks with 276 and service aces with 104 as a senior. She also finished with 1,132 kills, while earning the Lady Lions’ Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player awards and was named a permanent team captain. Brown will major in elementary education during her time at Huntingdon.
Grant played volleyball for the Knights of St. Francis High School in Atlanta, Ga. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in art.
Kahumoku, an outside hitter, joins the Lady Hawks following a highly-decorated prep career in which she was named the Most Valuable Player of an astonishing 17 different tournaments. In addition, Kahumoku was the 2008 AISA A State Tournament Player of the Year and the 2008 National Association of Christian Athletes National Volleyball Tournament Division One Offensive MVP. She was also the 2008 NACA National Tournament Division I Best-Hitter Award, the 2008 National Private Schools Athletic Association Division Five National Volleyball Player of the Year, and the Dothan Eagle’s Best in the Wiregrass Player of the Year in 2009. As a junior, she posted 389 kills, 115 digs, 41 service aces and 25 blocks, while during her senior campaign she posted 225 kills, 215 digs, 47 aces and 33 blocks. Along with strong individual success, Kahumoku helped the Patriots to a combined 92-0 record in her final two seasons and a 2009 National Association of Christian Athletes Volleyball Tournament title. She also was a team captain for the Patriots’ volleyball, basketball and track and field teams. While at Huntingdon, Kahumoku plans to major in biology.
An outside hitter and setter, Mayton prepped at Sweet Water High School, where she was earned the Bulldogs’ Most Valuable Player and High Scorer award as a senior. She was also the recipient of the United States Army Reserves National Scholar Athlete Award and a nominee for the Marengo County Athlete of the Year. Mayton plans to major in athletic training at Huntingdon.
McCurry joins the Lady Hawks after prepping at Brewbaker Tech High School in Montgomery. During her tenure at Huntingdon, McCurry plans to major in art.
McMillan is a middle blocker from Spanish Fort High School. During her tenure with the Toros, McMillan played two seasons on the junior varsity team and two on the varsity squad. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in sports studies.
A three-time All-Area team selection and all-state nomination as a senior, Morris joins the Lady Hawks following a standout prep career at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Fayetteville, Ga. During her final season with the Bobcats, Morris recorded 269 kills, 102 digs, 72 blocks and 72 service aces, while serving as a team captain. In addition to a strong senior campaign, Morris was selected the team Most Valuable Player as a junior, Offensive MVP as a sophomore and recipient of the Coaches Award as a freshman. Morris plans to major in sports studies while at Huntingdon.
Motley prepped at Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, Ala. While at Huntingdon, she plans to major in communication studies.
Richardson was a standout both on and off the court at Southside High School. During her senior season, she was named an All-American Athletic Scholar in the classroom and the recipient of Panthers’ Defensive Award. In her final season, Richardson recorded 309 digs, 277 service receives, 27 aces and 19 kills. She was also the recipient of the University of Florida Summer Camp Coaches Award prior to her senior season. Richardson intends to major in biochemistry while at Huntingdon.
Rozof, the final member of the 2010 class was a three-sport star at Kingwood Christian Academy. During her career with the Lions, Rozof had her jersey number retired in volleyball, softball and basketball, as well as helping the team to four AISA State Final Four appearances. She was a part of the 2008 AISA State Championship team and two teams which won the region. She was chosen the 2008 AISA State Championship Most Valuable Player and team MVP in 2009. During her tenure, she was also two eight all-tournament teams, including being named MVP of two. She was an all-county and all-state selection as a senior, after recording 310 kills, 120 aces and 74 blocks. She is currently undecided on a major.
The Lady Hawks finished the 2009 season with an 18-13 overall record, including a 6-4 mark in league play. As a team, Huntingdon finished 32nd in Division III in service aces per set, at a mark of 2.66 per set. Senior to-be Clare Shannon paced the team with 68 service aces, a mark of 0.66 per set, which ranked 48th nationally.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As an NCAA Division III institution, Huntingdon College does not award scholarships based on athletic performance.