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Part of the reason Allison White chose to continue her volleyball career at Roanoke College was that she felt she would be a name, not just a number.
Once she’s there, it’s a safe bet that numbers will help White make a name for herself.
White, who put up plenty of impressive digits as a four-year starter at Galax, announced her college plans last week based partly on the atmosphere of the NCAA Division III school.
“I narrowed it down to two, and I went on my visit there and I really liked the small school,” White said. “And I really liked the coach. She was very personable.”
White will be playing for Blair Trail, who has been with the Maroons for the past 14 seasons. Though Roanoke struggled to a 7-23 season in 2011, the Maroons have finished as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference runner-up four times.
“I talked to the coach down there and she’s really excited about it,” said Rose Houk, White’s coach at Galax. “She said that Allison could walk right in and see a lot of action. She’s one of the best players to have come through here at Galax. And it’s going to be close by, so a lot of us can go down there and watch her continue her success in volleyball.”
White will be the third Galax player among the college ranks next year, joining Emory & Henry’s Jamie Cockerham and Ferrum’s Kemberlea Simmons.
“They’re representing Galax well,” Houk said. “We think our program has been pretty successful here, we’ve had some wonderful players, and we’re just excited to see them go on and play at the next level.”
White had whittled her choices down to Roanoke College and King College in Bristol, Tenn.
“I really liked King, but I just decided on Roanoke,” said White, who feels prepared to take the next step. “It’s D-III, so it’s not a real big school. I’m just excited about going there.”
White this year became the first Galax player to surpass 1,000 career kills, and also finished her career with more than 650 digs, 300 blocks and 130 aces.
She helped the Maroon Tide to back-to-back Region C Division 1 runner-up finishes, and a trip to the Group A Division 1 final four this past November.