Davidson County Community College Storm Athletic Teams Honored at Annual Athletics Banquet

Basketball and Volleyball at Banquet

May 1, 2014 – Davidson County Community College celebrated successful volleyball and basketball seasons and recognized its coaches and award-winning athletes during the annual athletics awards banquet held Monday night in the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center.

“We had great seasons for both teams, sometimes against the odds,” said Ken Kirk, athletics director. “A lot of the credit goes to the leadership of our outstanding coaching staffs.”

Volleyball Head Coach Gretchan Kepley, who recently stepped down after two years at the helm, noted her team competed throughout the season. The team finished fourth in the nation in hitting percentage in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III. The Storm netters completed a 7-2 conference season before losing in the regional championship game.

Players recognized for their achievements included:

  • Chloe Barnes, who was named to the 2013 First Team All Region, Region X Player of the Year and was an All-American nominee.
  • McKenzie Burkhart, Maggie Hughes and Jordan Whitley, who were named Second Team All Region.

Justin Burgess, recently named as the new volleyball head coach, expressed excitement as he anticipates a stellar season in 2014, with the return of three All Region players and an excellent recruiting class.

“We’ve got a class coming in this year that is going to be awesome,” Burgess said. “We already have (four-year college) coaches calling about our players moving up to the next level.”

Head Basketball Coach Matt Ridge credited much of the team’s success during the past seven seasons to the support of player parents and Storm fans. The program’s 106-9 home record in Brinkley Gym is the highest home winning percentage in the nation for NJCAA colleges.

The 2013-2014 team finished with a 22-5 overall record and as regular season Co-Champions in the Tarheel Conference with a 4-2 record. In NJCAA Division III, the Storm finished first in the nation in assists, second in scoring average with 104 points per game, third in steals per game and 10th in total points scored.

“This team had that will on game night that they weren’t going to lose” Ridge said. “They just found a way to win that was truly impressive.”

Players recognized for their achievements included:

  • Charles Woodberry, who was named First Team All Region.
  • Ace Chalmers, Daniel Lawson and Robert Storey, who were named Second Team All Region.
  • Reid Goodson and Trey Smith, who were named Second Team All Freshman.

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