West Stokes 2014 graduate Makala Bozman has received a full scholarship to continue her volleyball career at the University of Tennessee at Martin after playing her freshman year with UNC Pembroke and her sophomore campaign at Catawba Valley Community College.
While at West Stokes, she played her senior year under head coach Jordan Stevens. Bozman helped guide the Wildcats to a 14-8 record and made it to the third round of the state 2A playoffs. She tallied 411 kills, 117 blocks and 61 digs during her senior year and was a two-time all-conference honoree, amassing 252 kills and 47 blocks as a junior.
“We are so excited for Mckala and what she has accomplished,” Stevens said. “She has grown as a player and person since attending Catawba. We can’t wait to see what she does at UTM.”
Bozman’s sophomore year at Catawba Valley is when she fine-tuned her skill sets according to coach Shannon Hudson.
“When she came to us she had the athleticism and could jump out of the gym, but she lacked the confidence she needed to succeed. We helped her with the quick tempo of the game and she really excelled in our offensive sets with her size and ability.”
She was part of a Catawba Valley squad that went 41-7 with an undefeated 15-0 conference mark in 2016. Bozman helped the Redhawks to their first-ever NJCAA Tournament Final Four appearance and establish a new school record for single-season wins. She compiled first team All-Region X accolades after ranking fourth nationally in blocks (174, 1.23 per set) and fifth in hitting percentage (.425), committing just 75 attack errors in 48 matches. She slammed down 331 kills (2.35 per set) while chipping in 20 service aces and 74 digs as a sophomore.
Bozman spent her freshman season at UNC Pembroke and started in eleven matches for the Braves. She accumulated 60 kills, 30 blocks and 12 digs spread out over 45 sets as a freshman in 2015. Her season-high 10 kills came against Columbus State on Nov. 13, while she also swatted a season-best seven blocks against Coker on Nov. 3.
“This has been amazing,” the athlete said. “I’ve worked for it, but without my coaches at CVCC who knows where I would have been. I’ve grown so much as a player and a person in the short time that I’ve been there. I wouldn’t trade my time at CVCC and wished I would have come straight out of high school to play there. It was such a learning experience for me.”
“McKala is a great athlete with a very impressive vertical,” said coach Jaclynn Yocum of University of Tennessee at Martin. “She is high-energy and fun to watch. We are excited about the personality she will bring to the court.”
The University of Tennessee at Martin is located in Martin, Tennessee and is one of the five campuses of the University of Tennessee system. In 2016, the school had an enrollment of 6,705.
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