“I never imagined that I would be signing with a college,” Lane said.
“Coming into the ninth grade I’ve never played volleyball before. I home schooled for eight years and I couldn’t actually tryout, but Coach Stevens let me play. I wasn’t great at it, but it is something you can learn how to play with technique. Over the four years that is what I have done. I said what can I fix about this, because other wise I would still be where I was in eighth grade.”
Lane said it didn’t take long for her to know that Judson was the place she wanted to spend the next four years.
“I have been raised in a Christian background,” Lane said. “We were going to athletic tryouts and our tour guide was like let me pay for you. At that point I was like this is it, this is the place that I am going school. Slowly, but surely it started to work out and I started to receive scholarships. Then, I made the team and I got a scholarship. I knew that was where I was going to go.”
Sylacauga head coach Sean Stevens is elated that Lane is going to get a free education and get to continue to play the game she loves.
“We are just so proud of Ashyln’s leadership on our team and her willingness to expand her opportunity to play volleyball on the collegiate level,” Stevens said.
”Being our Most Valuable Player this year. She made first team All County and that is a huge accomplishment. We are proud to see her make that next step.”
Stevens said that Lane does things on the court that would help any team.
“Ashyln is a hard worker,” Stevens said.
“She is quick; she is a great passer, which can benefit any team. Most of all she is a great leader and a great role model for team members.”
Judson head coach Anna Wood said she was ready to sign Lane after her first tryout there.
“She came to one of our first tryouts during that year and she was really nervous,” Wood said.
“You could tell that she knew what she was suppose to be doing, but she was so nervous that she kind of made a lot of mistakes. I told her to work, relax and come to the next one. She came to the next one and she improved a lot. She was a lot more relaxed and I said we want you to come. I told her after the first time that we wanted her to come, because I felt like it was just nerves. I think she is going to help us a lot on defense. “
Wood said signing Lane adds depth to her defensive backcourt.
“I have pretty solid libero already,” Woods said. “I am trying to do this year is rotate so hitters don’t have to don’t have to be in the back row at all. I need a lot of defensive players to be able to do that.”
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