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Timberwolves trio signs to play college volleyball

November 16, 2018
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SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley High School volleyball stars Alexa Ball, Meagan Camden and Brooke Smith experienced the second-most special day of their year Wednesday.

The trio of Timberwolves signed to play college volleyball. The celebration took second only to winning the Class AAA state championship last week.

Ball signed with Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio; Camden with Marshall University and Smith with West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia.

“All three of us have dreamed of this moment,” said Smith, who plans to major in elementary education. “It’s awesome. Alexa and Meagan are such great teammates.”

Smith, a setter, caught the eye of West Virginia State coaches during a camp at Ohio University. Yellow Jackets coach Kris Kern contacted Smith the day after camp and offered her a spot on the team.

“I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to play college volleyball,” Smith said. “I was going to go wherever God led me.”

Camden, a defensive specialist, said she is undecided on a major, but had no doubt that she wanted to go to Marshall.

“I’ve always liked Marshall,” Camden said. “Being from here, you have to like Marshall. Both my parents went there and I like the program.”

Camden said signing with two teammates in the Spring Valley auditorium made the day even more special.

“We’ve all helped each other,” said Camden, who played at Buffalo Middle School when Ball and Smith played at Ceredo-Kenova Middle School. “We’ve known each other a long time and played travel ball together.”

Ball chose Shawnee State for not only its volleyball team but its dental hygienists program. She said she didn’t consider any other schools and is thrilled to attend college just 45 minutes away.

“I’ve always wanted to be a dental hygienist,” Ball said. “Shawnee State is close to home, so people can come see me play and I can come home on weekends. That will be nice.”

Ball, who plays the libero position, said she cherished the opportunity to sign alongside Camden and Smith.

“It’s really special,” Ball said. “I’ve grown up playing volleyball with these girls.”

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