Watauga's Hayes signs with Trinity
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
For the past two weeks, Watauga volleyball player Rebecca Hayes knew where she was going to study and play volleyball.
Wednesday afternoon at the Watauga High library, Hayes made it official when she signed to play at Trinity University. She starts playing there in 2014.
"It feels awesome just being done with my decision and am ready to go to school and I'm ready to play," Hayes said.
"I'm really happy with my decision," she added.
Hayes said an assistant coach saw her play toward the end of last season, but she did not how he found her. She visited the college on Nov. 8.
"They found me," Hayes said. "We emailed back and fourth and it was really quick, because it was a few emails and a visit."
Hayes has the resume to succeed both academically and athletically at the school, which is located in San Antonio, Texas. When it comes to academics, Hayes carried a 3.88 grade point average, which makes her 22nd in the senior class.
Hayes, who said she plans to major in mathematics, is also an AP Test scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. She also has received an academic letter in her four years at Watauga.
Hayes did not know what direction her math major will take her, but likes that academics are important at the school.
"I have no idea," she said. "They pride themselves on their student-athletes and how well they keep up their grades. The volleyball team actually has the highest GPA of any sports team on campus."
Her volleyball resume is equally impressive. She was just one of 14 players from North Carolina to be named on the Under Armour Watch List. Hayes was the Northwestern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2012. Hayes settled for being on the all-NWC team after leading Watauga to a 15-9 overall record, 8-6 in the conference. Hayes finished with 259 kills, 70 blocks and 59 serving aces in 2013.
"They are going to get a player who can come in and play right off, if given the opportunity," Pioneers coach Kris Hagaman said. "She does really well hitting, blocking, serving. She's a huge asset offensively and defensively along the front row."
Hayes will likely play middle blocker at Trinity, a Division III program that went 36-7 last season. Trinity reached the third round of the Division III playoffs before falling 3-1 to Cal Lutheran.
Hayes will play for Club Synergy, a Junior Olympic volleyball team, from January to April in 2014 before heading off to college in the fall.