January 26, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CAMPBELL HILL – John A. Logan College volleyball coach Bill Burnside has added defensive depth to his team for next fall with the announced signing of defensive specialist Carolyn Phoenix, a senior at Trico High School.

The Ava resident enjoyed a superb senior season last fall, earning Black Diamond All-Conference and All-South honors. She was also selected to a pair of All-Tournament teams – Marissa-New Athens and Trico.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to play college volleyball,” Phoenix said. “I’m working out regularly here at the high school and play on a club team from Marion to help improve my game. I can’t wait to begin competing with the other girls on the Logan team next fall.”

Phoenix said she mostly played left back or middle back for the Pioneers. She is curious to know just where she will fit in with the Vols.

“I wasn’t challenged as much in high school for playing time, but I know that I will have to raise my level of play if I want to get playing time in college,” the senior said. “It’s all about working hard for what you want.”

Phoenix and her Trico teammates won 29 games last fall, a school record. They also won the Black Diamond Conference race and the Red Bud Regional before bowing out to Anna-Jonesboro in the opening round of the 1A sectional.

“I think Logan is going to be a good fit for me,” she said. “It’s close to home and the volleyball program has been very successful over the years.”

Burnside said he is pleased to add the in-district recruit.

“Carolyn should be a very nice addition to our team,” he said. “Last season, we ended up being very thin defensively on the floor. Carolyn will give us some much needed depth passing and digging the ball. She has very nice quickness on the floor and competes very aggressively to get touches. Her footspeed gives her nice potential at the college level and I think it’s going to be a great fit for our program.”

Burnside said he offered Phoenix a spot on the team after a recent workout.

“I had a couple players in from around the region, and honestly, I felt like Carolyn ended up being the standout in the group,” he said. “I had seen her play previously for Trico High School, and knew she had some potential, but until I saw her on the court with our players, I was not sure it was going to work. She changed that perception after just a few minutes of practice.”