The Kayla VanHoose era of Alice Lloyd Volleyball began on November 17th and in just over two months she has already shown that Alice Lloyd Volleyball will be a force to be dealt with. Although we are several months away from the start of the season, big news is coming from Pippa Passes.
Kayla VanHoose, Alice Loyd Head Volleyball coach and owner/director of Bluegrass Volleyball Academy (BVA), has worked with the top players across Eastern Kentucky since 2018. Since being named the Eagles Head Coach the same passion she has shown for the game with BVA has now translating into the recruitment process.
Earlier this week, VanHoose had her first signing, Natalie Waddell. Waddell had a great senior season with 220 Kills, 57 blocks, 16 assists, 103 assists, and 121 service aces. She led her Lady Patriots squad to 28-10 record on the season.
VanHoose has also earned commitments from 3 other players in our coverage area. The three players were instrumental for their three high school teams this past season.
T.K. Ellis – Lawrence County – Ellis had a phenomenal senior season for the Lady Bulldogs. Her team finished the season 15-11 on the season and lost in the opening round of the 58th District tournament. On the season, Ellis had 126 Kills, and 221 digs. Ellis was an amazing server that had over 108 services aces on the season in just 26 games.
Akira Keathley – Betsy Layne Lady Cats – Keathley a solid Middle Hitter helped lead her team to an 18-13 season and a championship in the 58th District tournament. Keathley recorded 53 blocks and 106 kills.
Taylor Hamilton – Floyd Central – Hamilton finished her senior season at Floyd Central with a 23-11 record, a 2A sectional title and her Lady Jags were the 58th District tournament runner up. Hamilton was one of the premier setters in the D&D coverage area. Hamilton finished 7th in the state for assists with 1,064 or an average of 9.85 assists per game.
As you can see from the potential incoming class of recruits, VanHoose is off to a fast start. After speaking with VanHoose, she is not finished yet. She is actively recruiting more mountain athletes.
If you add this great recruiting class to the current roster of former D&D Sports athletes such as: Lakyn Porter (Martin Co.), Kyleah Ward (Lawrence Co.), Brooklyn Cheek (Man HS), Christa Amburgey ( Knott Co. Central), and Caroline Parsons (Floyd Central) it should be great to watch this upcoming season. Follow the Lady Eagles as they continue to grow the game across the Mountains.
Photo Courtesy: Bluegrass Volleyball Academy