West Stokes senior Abigail Gordon made a decision to extend her volleyball career when she signed a national letter of intent to play for the Catawba Valley Red Hawks.
“Everything I have worked for in volleyball is paying off,” Gordon said. “I’m excited, but at the same time scared of the unknown. It’s a different competition and I really love the coaches and what they’re doing there.”
A defensive stalwart, Gordon registered a team-high of 417 digs in her senior season for the Wildcats. She also added 56 aces, 18 assists and hit an impressive 1,000 digs during her time at West Stokes.
“Abigail has tremendous ball control and an aggressive serve,” said Catawba Valley coach Shannon Hudson. “Her speed and consistent serve receive will be huge assets in our back court. I couldn’t be more excited to have her join our Red Hawks program.”
Behind Gordon’s play and leadership, the Wildcats finished their season at 19-8 overall, 8-4 in the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A conference and reached the second round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs.
“Abigail has been a four year starter for our program,” said West Stokes coach Jordan Stevens. “She has been instrumental to our team and has helped our offense with her serve receives. Our offense flows through her and is one of the reasons we have been successful. She has led our defense in every category, but one year in her career.”
Gordon plans to pursue an arts degree at Catawba Valley and then transfer to a four-year university to continue her education.
While at West Stokes, Gordon earned WPAC All-Conference honors three seasons and has been a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society.
Abigail is the daughter of Ricky and Julie Gordon, of King.
“We are excited for her and the decision she’s made,” said Gordon’s father. “We’ve raised and prepared her to go out into the world. Abigail has always made good decisions and we don’t worry about her. She is a good kid and works hard.”
Catawba Valley Community College is a public community college in Hickory, North Carolina and has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,500 students.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.