Findley following hall of famer mom to MC

Maryville Christian School senior Kristin Findley commits to play her collegiate volleyball at nearby Maryville College during in the MCS gymnasium. Seated with Findley are her mom and dad, Donna and David Findley. Standing, left to right, are Maryville College assistant coach Kate Poeppelman, Maryville Christian administrator Glenn Slater, Megan Findley, Kristin’s younger sister, Maryville Christian coach Jamie McGinley, Christine Hames and Ira Massie.

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Maryville Christian School senior Kristin Findley commits to play her collegiate volleyball at nearby Maryville College during in the MCS gymnasium. Seated with Findley are her mom and dad, Donna and David Findley. Standing, left to right, are Maryville College assistant coach Kate Poeppelman, Maryville Christian administrator Glenn Slater, Megan Findley, Kristin’s younger sister, Maryville Christian coach Jamie McGinley, Christine Hames and Ira Massie.

The file opened on Kristin Findley before she was born.

The Maryville Christian School star committed to play her college volleyball at nearby Maryville College during ceremonies recently at MCS. The move was a 180 degree change for the talented, 5-foot-11 leaper, who possesses the ability to swing on the ball with either hand. When all was said and done, Maryville, she said, just felt like home.

“Two years ago, I was dead set against going to Maryville,” Findley said. “The more I was there, the more it felt like that’s where I belonged.”

Findley’s commitment capped arguably the longest recruiting battle on record at Maryville. Her future coach, Maryville’s Kandis Schram, concluded her career as a Lady Scot in 1981 as one of the school’s best-ever players. Findley’s mom, Maryville hall of famer Donna Owens Findley, was, arguably, THE best.

She, too, could rise and strike with either hand. When she married shortly after college, Schram, by then the Maryville coach, opened recruiting for Owens Findley’s first-born daughter.

Two months ago, Findley informed Schram she would be a Lady Scot.

“I just thought, ‘This is going to be really cool,’” Schram said.

“She just loves the game,” Schram added. “It’s not just her ability. Kristin is a special kid. She has the ability to step it up, and, at the same time, she elevates the play of her teammates.”

Findley’s ability to rise and put the ball down with either hand only helps, something Schram saw for the first time when the former was not much older than a toddler, firing away with a kid’s ball in her mom’s front yard.

“I looked at (Owens Findley) and I said, ‘Donna, did you see that!’” Schram said. “One of Donna’s trademarks was she could hit with either hand.”

Findley led Maryville Christian to a pair of district crowns during her stay. She averaged eight kills and three service aces per game for the Lady Eagles, including a game-high 20 kills and eight aces during one contest. Findley is the second Lady Eagle standout from the team moving onto the college game. Former teammate Laura Adams signed a National Letter of Intent with Bryan College in January.

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