West Stokes senior Rachel Delcamp made a decision to extend her volleyball career when she signed her national letter of intent to play for the Catawba Valley Red Hawks last week.
“I’m really excited, but at the same time nervous,” she said with a smile. “The school has such a small hometown feel where everyone knows everyone. It’s going to be really fun playing in such a quick and successful offense.”
Delcamp was an outside hitter for the Wildcats and had a team best of 392 kills this season with 262 digs, 68 aces and 21 blocks. During her career at West Stokes she accumulated over 1,000 kills as a three-year varsity starter.
“Rachel brings experience and competitiveness to our 2018 fall roster,” said stated Catawba Valley coach Shannon Hudson. “She has tremendous ball control and is aggressive when serving the ball. She will bring size and versatility to our outside hitting position.”
Behind Delcamp’s play and leadership, the Wildcats finished their season 19-8 overall and 8-4 in the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A conference, earning a second round finish in the NCHSAA 2A playoffs.
“Rachel has grown each year as a player,” said Wildcat coach Jordan Stevens. “She came in as a clumsy ninth grader and was starting for us her sophomore year on varsity. She is only the second player to achieve the 1,000 kill milestone and has an opportunity to go straight into college and start. If she continues to work hard, she’ll reach her goal of playing at a higher level after two-years at CVCC.”
Delcamp plans to get an Associate of Arts degree at Catawba Valley and then transfer to a school to continue her path in physical therapy, while playing volleyball.
During her time at West Stokes, Delcamp has been a three-year starter on the varsity softball team while being named all-conference. She was a two-time all-conference player in volleyball and honorable mention her sophomore season. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Catawba Valley Community College is a public community college in Hickory, North Carolina and was established April 3, 1958. The school has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,500 students.
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