POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi's first junior college volleyball squad is continuing to take shape as Pearl River head coach Haley Chatham announced five more additions to her roster on Monday.
Joining the Wildcats are Lashundria Chatman from Brandon, Kaliyah Shavers from Northwest Rankin, KyLeigh Richardson of Fruitdale, Alabama, Madelyn Misita from Clinton and East Marion's Amber Willis.
"I'm really excited about how our first class has rounded out," Chatham said. "These five will bring a lot of athleticism and offensive power to our roster."
Chatman is a 6-foot middle blocker who originally planned to play at Alcorn State before signing with PRCC.
"She has a winning pedigree coming from Brandon, where she was a key piece for two State Championship teams," Chatham said. "She's a great hitter and adds some needed height at the net."
Chatman was a Clarion Ledger Second Team All-State selection, notching 144 kills, 85 blocks and 29 digs this season for BHS.
Misita joins PRCC after spending her freshman year at Martin Methodist, a NAIA program in Pulaski, Tennessee.
"Madelyn will add some much needed experience to our team having played last year at Martin Methodist," Chatham said. "She's a great hitter who will give us an additional quality option in the attack."
The 5-foot-10 outside hitter/middle blocker was an all-state performer at Clinton prior to signing with the RedHawks. As a senior in 2017, Misita was named to the Clarion Ledger's All-State Second Team after leading the Arrows to a 23-11 record with 236 kills, 170 digs, 25 blocks and 53 aces.
Richardson will use one of PRCC's valuable out-of-state spots as a 5-foot-10 attacker.
"KyLeigh has a lot of potential to develop into an explosive hitter," Chatham said of Richardson, who played middle blocker in high school. "I can already tell she's going to be a great teammate who's selfless."
Like many of her fellow signees, Chatham sees the 5-foot-10 Shavers fitting into her rotation in a number of ways.
"We're expecting Kaliyah to come in and add a strong presence either on the right side or in the middle," Chatham said. "She'll bring a lot of energy to our team."
Chatham is particularly excited about the addition of Willis. A current Pearl River student, the East Marion product was someone who caught Chatham's attention at the Wildcats' tryout.
"Although she hasn't played competitively in a year, she still stood out from the group by jumping out of the gym and flashing a powerful swing," Chatham said of Willis, who could play any of outside hitter, middle blocker or as a right side.
The five newest Wildcats join Chatham's first group of signees: Maleah Austin (Kiln; Hancock), Harleigh LaFontaine (Kiln; Hancock), Isabella Theonnes (Kiln; Hancock), Carly Danley (Vancleave), Madison Smith (Germantown) and Erin Sutton (Lewisburg).
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Pearl River recently announced its schedulefor the program's debut. The Wildcats' slate of games will take them through Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. Of PRCC's 27 dates, the team's nine home matches will be played at Shivers Gymnasium, which is currently undergoing facility upgrades.
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