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The Wallace State volleyball tradition stretches back more than 20 years ago, when it was introduced at the school in 1989. Over the years, the program has received 21 Coach of the Year awards, while producing 15 conference MVPs and seven All-Americans.
Wallace State volleyball teams have earned conference/district championships 17 times, earning them 14 appearances at the National Tournament. Numerous members of the program have continued their athletic and academic careers after signing with 4-year institutions.
Wallace State volleyball seeks to continue its state dominance during the 2014 season. The Lions enter the new campaign as the five-time defending Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 tournament champions in addition to winning the ACCC regular-season championship for six straight seasons.
The Lions are coming off a 30-17 record in 2013, when they made their fifth straight appearance at the NJCAA national tournament under coach Randy Daniel and 14th overall in the program's history. Daniel, who has 258 career victories at Wallace State, became the program's all-time winningest coach last season. Individually, sophomore Kianna Delaney was named a NJCAA honorable mention All-American in 2013 in addition to being selected as the ACCC/Region 22 Player of the Year and the conference tournament MVP, taking home the hat trick of awards.
Wallace State has a solid core of sophomores returning for the 2014 season, and the team is eager to construct another championship chapter. Returning to the fold are sophomores BreAnna Thompson, Syretha Pride, Bethany Johnson, Kaci Kirk, Montana Clark and Olivia Walker.
Thompson, Pride and Johnson should make up a very talented attacking trio for Wallace State this season. Thompson, a Piedmont native, was a catalyst for Wallace State during her freshman season, earning an All-ACCC/Region 22 1st-team selection after finishing second in the conference with 421 kills. She also added 80 digs.
Meanwhile, Pride and Johnson were both ACCC/Region 22 second-team members. Pride led the conference with a .399 hitting percentage and also finished with 319 kills and 74 blocks. Johnson was third in the conference and on the team with 393 kills. Thompson, Pride and Johnson were also named to the conference All-Tournament team.
Kirk, Clark and Walker also carry tremendous experience into the season, Kirk was an ACCC All-tournament selection as a freshman and finished the season with 443 assists. Clark racked up 301 digs and 226 kills during her first season with the Lions, while Walker compiled 142 digs.
Daniel has surrounded the sophomores with a crop of talented freshmen. The newcomers to the team are setters Melissa-Paul Hill (Hartselle High) and Alexandra Gamble (Guntersville), defensive specialist Sarah Ellen Battles (Hartselle), middle hitters Cidavia Hall (Dothan), Sidney Cooper (Walker), Kheala Roberts (Danville) and Teryn Simmons (Central Gwinnett, Ga.) and outside hitters Savanna Tidwell (Winston County), Katelyn Bishop (Good Hope) and Stephanie Eckerd (Hazel Green).
From 2009-13, Wallace State volleyball produced an honorable mention NJCAA All-American each season. Kianna Delaney earnred the recognition in 2013, Erica Baker in both 2011 and 2012, Lesley Bemis did in 2011, Taulise Dunklin in 2010 and Cassie Daniels in 2009. In 2010, Wallace State put together a school-record 53 wins and set single-season team marks in kills, assists, digs and blocks.
Coach Daniel, the 2011 ACCC Coach of the Year, has established Wallace State volleyball as a perennial state and national power, compiling a 258-58 career record in seven seasons with the program.
Under Daniel, Wallace State has compiled records of 30-17 in 2013; 33-8 in 2012; 42-5 in 2011; 53-3 in 2010; 34-6 in 2009; 42-6 in 2008 and 24-13 during Daniel's inaugural season in 2007.
Daniel has coached five ACCC "Player of the Years", five ACCC Tournament MVPs, five NJCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans and 42 All-Region players in seven seasons. Prior to Daniel's tenure at Wallace State, he spent 10 years coaching in the high school ranks. He won a state championship in 2001 at Winston County High School and finished runner-up in 2003. His former players currently hold numerous records in the AHSAA statistical categories, and many others are ranked very highly.
Coach Daniel has a B.S. degree in Comprehensive Science from The University of Alabama and a Master's degree in Education from Montana State University. In addition to coaching the Lady Lions, he teaches geology for Wallace State.
Wallace State volleyball will have a new pair of assistant coaches in 2014 as Jamiee Freeman and Aleah Scott have joined Daniel's staff.
Coach Randy Daniel