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Volunteer's Alyssa Hatley Makes It Official With ETSU Volleyball

Volunteer’s Alyssa Hatley, front row center, committed to ETSU following her sophomore year and on Thursday, the senior volleyball standout signed on the dotted line in Church Hill. Also pictured are, front row, from left: Emily Hatley, Lisa Jarnagin, Alyssa Hatley, Brian Hatley and Peggy Hatley; back row, from left, Volunteer coach Joshua Wenger, Whitney Tweed, Dave Shields, Janice Shields, Stacy Cleek, Adrianne Hatley, Larry Hatley and Savannah Cleek. photo.
November 9, 2017
CHURCH HILL – Volunteer’s Alyssa Hatley was just a youngster when her Aunt Stacy Hatley Cleek played volleyball at Sullivan South where she was the Conference Player of the Year and went on to play Division-1 at East Tennessee State University.
Hatley is following in her aunt’s footsteps and was named Player of the Year in the Big Six Conference this year helping lead the Lady Falcons to their first TSSAA Sectional appearance in 17 years.
She had committed to ETSU after her sophomore year and with family, teammates and other Volunteer students looking on, Hatley made it official when she signed on the dotted line Thursday.
“I was talking to my aunt one day and she told me about playing in college and I decided that’s what I wanted to do,” said Hatley, who had registered 40 kills against Morristown West in the Regional tournament. “I just wanted to follow in her footsteps and do what she did.
“When I came to Volunteer I had people tell me if I went to a school like Dobyns-Bennett since it was a bigger school I’d have a better chance to get looked at. But I wanted to do it on my own and do it because of my skills.”
Hatley qualified twice to go to the USA Training team in Colorado and Michigan for a High-Performance Camp during the summer but decided against a third attempt.
“I am very content with my choice with ETSU because it just feels like home up there,” she added. It’s just an exciting time.”
Josh Wenger, the Lady Falcons’ first-year head volleyball coach, said the stats on Hatley speak for themselves but the thing he was most pleased about were the intangibles the signee exhibited during her final season at Volunteer.
“Not only did she grow as a player on the court but in practices she would share her insight with other players,” said Wenger. “She was always helping in practices and that’s what you would hope for from any great player. Players started turning to her especially when things would get crazy.
“I want everybody to know how she has grown as a player this year but the tangibles are what a coach wants a player to have. She’s a competitor and the type of player if she makes a mistake wants the ball back to make it right.”
Hatley’s mother Lisa Jarnagin said Thursday’s signing was the culmination of a dream that started when her daughter was in the first grade.
“She was really excited to get the offer from ETSU,” said Jarnigan. “She has worked with Coach Wenger this year and really come a long way to get ready to start the 2018 season at ETSU.
“She loves it here at Volunteer and is a Lady Falcon at heart and wanted to see Volunteer get better as a team. Now she is excited to go to work for coach (Lindsey) Devine and start a whole new chapter and see where it takes her.”
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