Pineville senior Lillie Kelley has signed to play volleyball with Alice Lloyd, joining her high school teammate Katrina Collett as the second player signed to the school this year. In only the third year of the volleyball program, Collett and Kelley are the first two signees to play in college.
Kelley will enjoy the familiarity of playing with her high school teammate.
“It’s really awesome that Katrina will already be there too,” said Kelley. “I’m not just going to be ‘thrown in the fire.’ It’s going to make the whole process a lot easier.”
Kelley says that playing volleyball in college is a dream come true.
“I never thought I’d be able to play college volleyball,” said Kelley. “Someone my height doesn’t typically do well in volleyball. They usually want someone who is a lot taller than I am. Being from such a small school like Pineville, I wasn’t really sure if I’d ever get the chance. When I visited Alice Lloyd and they offered, I took it immediately.”
Kelley’s role on the court isn’t limited to a singular position.
“I’m a defensive specialist, but I play a lot of outside hitter too. With such a small team, we all kind of fill in the gaps where we are needed and just do what needs to be done.”
Lilie is the daughter of Michelle and Shawn Hensley and Brandon and Lynn Kelley. She is the granddaughter of Rebecca Kelley and sister to Luke Kelley.