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The Wallace State volleyball tradition stretches back more than 28 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 19 conference MVPs and 12 All-Americans.
Wallace State volleyball teams have earned conference/district championships 19 times, earning them 17 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 2017 season, Wallace State volleyball added another successful chapter to its conference dominance under coach Randy Daniel. The Lady Lions finished the season with a 34-10 record and won their ninth consecutive Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 championship in addition to their 10 straight regular season title. They also made their ninth straight NJCAA Division I national tournament appearance and a state-best 17th overall behind a balanced attack.
Sophomore setter Abby Borden was among the top players in the nation and especially in the conference. Borden, an Arab native, was named a NJCAA honorable mention All-American, the ACCC Player of the Year and was an All-Tournament selection. Borden led the ACCC with 1,429 assists, setting a single-season school record and finished her Wallace State career with 2,546 assists – another school record. Borden collected a conference-best 10.43 assists per set and had 40 or more assists in 14 matches. She was also named the NJCAA Player of the Week in October 2017 and earned ACCC Player of the Week on three instances.
Sophomore Kaylee Maddox and freshman Lexie Riggins also paced the way for the Lions during the 2017 season. Maddox, a Good Hope native, led the ACCC with 508 kills and added 349 digs. Maddox was named a 2nd-team All-ACCC/Region 22 selection and to the All-Tournament team.
Riggins, a middle hitter from Chelsea, improved as the season progressed and earned ACCC Tournament MVP honors in November 2017. Riggins was second in the league with 393 kills and tops in the conference with a 160 blocks and a .416 hitting percentage.
Freshman Maya Jones was an All-Tournament selection, and sophomore Emily Wilson capped an impressive Wallace State career by finishing with a conference-best 713 digs.
Kati Thomas and Caroline Gann rounded out the 2017 sophomore class, which was a part of 72 wins and two conference championships.
Other freshmen on the squad were Alex Wiggins, Courtlyn Barber, Morgan Kyles, Hannah Simmons, Kelsey Borden, Katie Edwards, Andrea Jacques, Kennedy Watford and Macy Green.
Wallace State volleyball is also a stalwart in the classroom. Daniel’s team produced a school and conference-best 3.59 GPA for the 2017-2018 season, earning them NJCAA honorable mention All-Academic team honors. Thomas, Wilson, Riggins and Katie Edwards each finished with a 4.0 GPA.
Daniel, who became the program’s all-time winningest coach in 2013, has been the one constant behind Wallace State’s conference dominance over the past decade. He surpassed the 400-win plateau in 2017 and maintains a 404-89 career record after 11 seasons with the program.
Daniel has coached nine ACCC “Player of the Years,” nine ACCC Tournament MVPs, one 1st-team NJCAA All-American, two 2nd-team NJCAA All-Americans, seven NJCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans and 60 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 Borden in 2017, Kelsey Bivins (2016) and CeCe Hall (2015) were named 2nd-team NJCAA All-Americans in consecutive years. 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.
For more information, contact:
Randy Daniel, Wallace State Volleyball Coach