West Stokes senior Cassie Palmer signed to play volleyball with the Surry Community College Knights on Thursday.
Wildcats Coach Jordan Stevens said Palmer is an exceptional player and he is excited for her opportunity to go to the next level.
“Cassie is a leader and steps in when you need her most. She competes with a lot of focus,” Stevens said.
First-year coach Stevens learned how serious Palmer was about the sport when he received a call over the summer from the rising senior congratulating him on the new position and wanting to know when workouts were scheduled.
“She’s one of the most hardworking players I’ve ever coached. She has a drive and a killer instinct. She’ll be very difficult to replace,” Stevens said.
Palmer and her team used that focus and determination to earn a second-place finish in their conference and advance to the third round of state playoffs.
Palmer began playing volleyball at Calvary Christian before enrolling in West Stokes her sophomore year. Since then she’s become a three-sport athlete playing basketball, softball and volleyball throughout high school.
“It’s an intense game and I like that you never know what to expect,” Palmer said.
Surry Community College Volleyball Coach Jan Marion-Kiser said she watched Palmer during the season and knew she would be a tremendous addition to the team.
“I was immediately impressed. She’s quick on defense and she can read hitters well. I can tell she’s a go-getter and that spunk will take her a long way,” Kiser said.
In the past five seasons, the Surry Knights have held an 88-27 record and have captured eight Region X Championships, five District Championships, and made five National Tournament appearances.
“We have so much talent in our own backyard and we want to continue giving these athletes a place to grow. Part of my job is helping them become better and if they want to continue to the next level, I’ll be their biggest advocate,” Kiser said.