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The Wallace State volleyball tradition stretches back more than 29 years ago, when it was introduced at the school in 1989. Over the years, the program has received 24 Coach of the Year awards, while producing 20 conference MVPs and 13 All-Americans.
Wallace State volleyball teams have earned conference/district championships 20 times, earning them 18 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 2018 season, Wallace State volleyball added another successful chapter to its conference dominance under coach Randy Daniel. The Lady Lions finished the season with a 33-9 record and won their 10th consecutive Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 championship in addition to their 11th straight regular season title. They also made their 10th straight NJCAA Division I national tournament appearance and a state-best 18th overall behind a balanced attack.
Sophomore middle hitter Lexie Riggins was among the top players in the conference and nation. Riggins, a Chelsea graduate, was named a NJCAA 2nd-team All-American, the ACCC Tournament MVP for a second straight season and was an All-ACCC Region 22 1st-team selection. Riggins was the ACCC Player of the Week on two occasions and became the first Wallace State player during its dominate conference run to win ACCC Tournament MVP in consecutive seasons. Riggins led the conference with a .406 hitting percentage and was third in the league with 428 kills. She finished her Wallace State career with 821 kills and 245 blocks and added a .416 hitting percentage as a freshman.
Sophomores Maya Jones and McKenzie Boland were each All-ACCC 2nd-team selections. Jones, a Hoover native, finished fifth in the conference with 346 kills and added a .392 hitting percentage – good for third in the league. Boland led the conference with 1,410 assists and 10.44 assists per set.
Jones, Boland and Kaitlyn Doyle were all named to the ACCC All-Tournament Team. Doyle racked up 218 kills as a freshman.
Freshman Karlee Hale finished the 2018 campaign with 345 kills and 150 digs, sophomore Alex Wiggins had 198 digs and 197 kills and sophomore Courtlyn Barber added 213 digs and 133 kills.
Katie Edwards and Madison Turner rounded out the 2018 sophomore class, which was a part of 67 wins and two conference championships.
Other freshmen on the squad were Madison Rhodes, Alexis Snow, Jordan Hollis, Karmahn Hall, Kaden Edenfield, Kate Kent, Kayla Thomas and Genesis Taylor.
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. Riggins, Edwards, Kati Thomas and Emily Wilson 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 437-98 career record after 12 seasons with the program. Daniel was named the 2018 District L/M Coach of the Year.
Daniel has coached nine ACCC “Player of the Years,” 10 ACCC Tournament MVPs, one 1st-team NJCAA All-American, three 2nd-team NJCAA All-Americans, seven NJCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans and 63 All-Region players in 12 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 Riggins’ 2nd-team selection in 2018, Abby Borden was an honorable mention selection 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