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The Wallace State volleyball tradition stretches back more than 27 years ago, when it was introduced at the school in 1989. Over the years, the program has received 23 Coach of the Year awards, while producing 18 conference MVPs and 11 All-Americans.
Wallace State volleyball teams have earned conference/district championships 18 times, earning them 16 appearances at the National Tournament. Numerous members of the program have continued their athletic and academic careers after signing with 4-year institutions.Read more...
During the 2016 season, Wallace State volleyball added another successful chapter to its conference dominance under coach Randy Daniel. The Lady Lions finished the season with a 38-4 record and won their eighth consecutive Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 championship in addition to their ninth straight regular season title. They also made their eighth straight NJCAA Division I national tournament appearance and a state-best 16th overall.
Wallace State was led in 2016 by sophomore outsider hitter Kelsea Bivins, who was named a NJCAA 2nd-team All-American. Bivins, a Thompson High grad, led the ACCC with 442 kills and also averaged a conference-best 3.68 kills per set. She was second in the league with a .400 hitting percentage and added 84 blocks and 70 digs. Bivins was also named the 2016 ACCC Player of the Year, was an ACCC all-tournament selection and earned ACCC Player of the Week status on four instances throughout the regular season.
Sophomores MaKenzie Bearden and Cierra Davis also paced the way for the Lions during the 2016 season with each being named as 1st-team All-ACCC/Region 22 selections. Bearden, a Geraldine native, led the league with a .412 hitting percentage and 141 blocks. She was second in the league with 321 kills. Davis, the 2016 ACCC Tournament MVP, was Wallace State’s most versatile player, finishing fourth in the league with 340 digs and also racking up 321 digs.
Freshmen Abby Borden and Emily Wilson also made significant contributions with each finishing as 2nd-team All-ACCC selections for the Lions. Borden led the conference with 1,117 assists, while Wilson collected a league-best 625 digs.
August Newberry, Tara Miller, Jamie Pittman, Alicia Charles, Holly Posey and McCall Morrow rounded out the 2016 sophomore class. Other freshmen on the squad were Kaylee Maddox, Jessica Lucio, Kati Thomas, Macy Smith and Caroline Gann.
Daniel, who became the program’s all-time winningest coach in 2013, has been the one constant behind Wallace State’s recent conference dominance. He maintains a 370-80 career record after 10 seasons with the program.
Under Daniel, Wallace State has compiled records of 38-4 in 2016; 39-8 in 2015; 35-10 in 2014; 30-17 in 2013; 33-8 in 2012; 42-5 in 2011; 53-3 in 2010; 34-6 in 2009; 42-6 in 2008 and 24-13 during Daniel’s inaugural season in 2007.
Daniel has coached eight ACCC “Player of the Years,” eight ACCC Tournament MVPs, one 1st-team NJCAA All-American, two 2nd-team NJCAA All-Americans, six NJCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans and 57 All-Region players in 10 seasons. Prior to Daniel’s tenure at Wallace State, he spent 10 years coaching in the high school ranks. He won a state championship in 2001 at Winston County High School and finished runner-up in 2003. His former players currently hold numerous records in the AHSAA statistical categories, and many others are ranked very highly.
Wallace State volleyball has produced a NJCAA All-American under Daniel since 2009. Along with Bivins in 2016, CeCe Hall was named a 2nd-team NJCAA All-American in 2015. Syretha Pride was a 1st-team NJCAA All-American in 2014 and Breanna Thompson an honorable mention selection. Kianna Delaney earned a honorable mention recognition in 2013, Erica Baker in both 2011 and 2012, Lesley Bemis in 2011, Taulise Dunklin in 2010 and Cassie Daniels in 2009. In 2010, Wallace State put together a school-record 53 wins and set single-season team marks in kills, assists, digs and blocks.
Coach Daniel has a B.S. degree in Comprehensive Science from The University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Education from Montana State University. In addition to coaching the Lions, he teaches geology for Wallace State.
Coach Randy Daniel