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Belk Signs with WBC

11/30/2011

By Cory Clark/Sun Staff Writer

BROOKLAND — Maddie Belk is proof that with hard work and determination, lifelong dreams can come true.

The Brookland senior fulfilled her childhood ambition of playing college volleyball Tuesday when she signed a letter of intent to continue her playing career at Williams Baptist College.

After being one of the Lady Bearcats’ more important role players during her sophomore and junior seasons, Belk flourished during her senior season, becoming a leader on and off the court.

Belk said officially signing Tuesday to play college volleyball was a phenomenal feeling.

“I’m ecstatic. It’s always been a goal and a dream of mine to play in college, but I never thought I would,” Belk said. “It’s such a great school, and I love it there.”

Belk said the chance to attend a Christian-oriented college along with playing close to home made the decision to join the Lady Eagles an easy one.

“It’s a Baptist college, and I’m a Baptist, and also my brother and sister-in-law graduated from there last year so I figured that if they liked it I would too,” she said.

Brookland volleyball coach Nancy Rodriguez said Belk is the epitome of what hard work and high character can lead to.

“They’re getting someone who absolutely loves volleyball and will give 180 percent to whatever she does,” Rodriguez said. “She’s always going to go hard and she’s always going to go the extra mile, and she’s just determined to be the best that she can be. That’s how she’s always been since I’ve known her in the seventh grade.”

WBC volleyball coach Eric Newell said the Brookland program is always one he and his assistant coaches keep an eye on, and when they saw Belk they knew she had what they were looking for.

“We liked her immediately, and she’s got a lot of intangibles, too,” Newell said. “She’s a great kid, she wanted to come to Williams, loved the school, and she’s a good volleyball player.”

Although she stands at only 5-7, Belk excelled as an outside hitter for Brookland in her final high school season, and she filled up every statistical category on a nightly basis.

Belk added that her years at Brookland will always be a time in her life that she will cherish,

even when she moves on to the next level.  “I love this school, and my coach is amazing,” she said.

 Courtesy of the Jonesboro Sun

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