Findley shines in MC debut

Freshman Kristin Findley had a big weekend in her debut with the Maryville College women’s volleyball team.

Freshman Kristin Findley had a big weekend in her debut with the Maryville College women’s volleyball team.

Kristin Findley had some first week.

The Maryville College freshman collected 43 kills to go with 29 digs and 14 services aces in four matches in being named to the Cougar Class All-Tournament Team last weekend at Averett University in Danville, Va. The 6-foot outside hitter also seven blocks in her collegiate debut, leading the Lady Scots to a runner-up finish in the tournament.

For her performance, the Maryville Christian School product also claimed Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors, making Findley an easy pick as Blount Today’s inaugural Maryville College Athlete of the Week.

“She can hit the ball that’s (set) off the net,” Maryville coach Kandis Schram said. “She can handle the ball on the back row.

“Right now in practice, she’s just soaking it up. We can’t give it to her fast enough.”

Findley compares favorably to former Lady Scot great and school-record holder Jenna Jones, Schram said. To Maryville assistant Julie Patrick, Findley may prove something different all together.

“She’s legit,” said Patrick, wife of Tennessee volleyball coach Rob Patrick. “I can name 10 Division I colleges she could play for.”

Julie Patrick is former head coach at Indiana State.

Maryville (3-1) opens its home season with the Lady Scot Invitational Sept. 13-14.

“We’ve got a lot of talent,” Schram said. “It’s finding the right combination that’s going to be the challenge.”

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