2015 DCCC Storm Volleyball Team Introduced at Media Day
THOMASVILLE, N.C., August 13, 2015 – Davidson County Community College Head Volleyball Coach Justin Burgess introduced a team he thinks can make a run at a national championship at the Storm’s annual Media Day and National Letter of Intent signing event held Tuesday on the Davidson Campus.
“We’ll bring a very experienced team to the court this year,” Burgess said. “We’re tall and powerful. Most of the girls have played for very competitive club teams around North Carolina and come from strong high school programs.”
Burgess added a strong non-conference schedule that includes NCAA Division II and III teams Livingstone College and Guilford College will prepare the Storm netters for Tarheel Conference and postseason play.
The Storm returns two players from a 2014 squad that finished with an undefeated (12-0) conference record and placed first in regional and district tournaments. This earned the team a berth to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship tournament in Rochester, Minn., where they placed seventh, marking the fourth time in the program’s nine-year history the Storm has played at the national level.
Taylor McPhatter, a 5-foot-11-inch middle hitter from East Davidson High School impressed the coaching staff with a strong work ethic and steady improvement during her freshman season. She’s expected to have a breakout year and provide team leadership in 2015.
Hali Phillips, a 6-foot right side hitter missed much of the 2014 season due to injuries but has worked hard in the offseason to be ready to contribute as a sophomore leader. She is a graduate of Jesse Carson High School in China Grove.
Leading the incoming class of new players is Stephanie Jarman, who has been named an “Incoming Freshman to Watch” for NJCAA, Division III. The 6-footer brings size and power to the team. She was a 4A All-Conference performer at North Davidson High School and had offers to play at NCAA schools but decided to stay close to home to sharpen her game.
Other members of the 2015 team include:
• Jordan Van Voorhis, a 5-foot-10-inch transfer from Campbell University, comes from a successful high school program at Jesse Carson High School in China Grove. Her teams finished as state championship runners-up during her junior and senior years.
• Sarah Weavil comes to DCCC from Peace University where she played the setter position. The 5-foot-4-inch volleyball player will play both setter and libero for the Storm.
• Jasmine Caviness, a 5-foot-10-inch setter and outside hitter, is a proven floor leader. She is a graduate of Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur where she was an All- Conference player in volleyball and basketball.
• Madison Gibson, a powerful outside hitter, promises to be a great addition to the Storm front line. The 6-foot graduate of East Davidson High School is expected to be one of the team’s top hitters.
• Jessica Ferguson was a three-sport athlete at East Davidson. The 5-foot-5-inch Ferguson possesses the competitive drive and work ethic to fill the defensive specialist/libero position.
The 2015 volleyball season opens on Aug. 22 with the Storm hosting a tri-match with Johnson & Wales University and Brunswick Community College in Brinkley Gym on the Davidson Campus. DCCC plays in the NJCAA Division III, Region 10, Tarheel Conference. The conference has expanded to eight teams for the 2015 season with the addition of Rockingham Community College in North Carolina and Danville and Patrick Henry community colleges in Virginia.
Editor’s Note: In the first photo, Taylor McPhatter (left) and Hali Phillips, sign National Letters of Intent to play their second season for Storm volleyball. In the second photo, members and coaches of the 2015 DCCC volleyball team are (from left) Abby Miller (assistant coach), Sarah Weavil, Jordan Van Voorhis, Taylor McPhatter, Hali Phillips, Madison Gibson, Jessica Ferguson, Jasmine Caviness, Stephanie Jarman and Justin Burgess (head coach).
About Davidson County Community College
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at DavidsonCCC.edu.