DOBSON — Surry Community College added another piece to its volleyball team by signing Surry Central’s Kaitlin Kidd.
The Lady Knights have five returning sophomores to the mix with five incoming freshman — and possibly one more as SCC coach Jan Marion-Kiser continues her recruiting.
Kaitlin is a multi-sport athlete who earned all-conference and regional honors in volleyball, swimming and track during her four years in the gold and black.
Kaitlin had offers from four-year schools like Methodist, Averett and Guilford, but she wanted to stay close to home for another two years, said mom Camarra, assistant volleyball coach.
The senior said she has dropped by SCC during open gym times and already feels like she would be a good fit.
And her mom said of the SCC coach, “Jan? She absolutely loves my daughter.”
“She is a good all-around kid,” said Central head coach Carrie Hutchens. “She is an exceptional player. Great heart, great drive for the game. … She’d do anything I asked.”
She was a versatile player and a leader on the court, Hutchens said. She was always encouraging her teammates.
When she took over the team two years ago, Hutchens ran the girls through all the drills and came away impressed with Kaitlin’s hands.
She can serve, set the ball for her teammates or take swings herself, the coach said. And she’s left-handed, which helps give a team balance on both sides of the net.
With Kaitlin’s athletic ability, her mom said, “she could probably play about anything.”
She began swimming with the Dobson Dolphins at age five and picked up fast-pitch softball a few years later.
In middle school, Kaitlin played volleyball and really loved it, her mom said.
As a freshman, Kaitlin played JV volleyball, swam and ran track. She qualified for regionals in both swimming and track.
For two years, Kaitlin performed both basketball and swimming at the same time.
For her senior year, Kaitlin dropped basketball, but added soccer — something she had played for just one season as a child.
She made regionals in swimming all four years, noted Camarra.
This winter she made the all-conference team for two events: 100m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay.
In volleyball, Kaitlin made the Northwest Honorable Mention list as a junior and was a member of the NW All-Tournament Team. As a senior, she made the Western Piedmont All-Conference Team.
Kaitlin also spent five years on the Surry Storm AAU volleyball team.
“We were blessed with a really strong senior class, so she’s always had a lot of competition,” said Camarra. Cassidy Joyner broke the basketball scoring record, and Kendra Johnson and Brooke Lewis already have announced their plans for college, too, which shows the school’s strength.
The student-athlete said she hasn’t made up her mind about where she would like to go after SCC. With a mom as a coach, Kaitlin said she is leaning toward getting a degree in physical education with a minor in math so she could teach either subject.
She is a very good student, said Camarra. Kaitlin ranks ninth in her class with a GPA of 4.51.
Not only is she a member of the National Honor Society, Kaitlin is also in several specific honor societies: technical, English, math, science and Tri-M (musical society as she sings in the chorus). She also is a member of the HOSA Club.
To attend SCC, she has received several local scholarships including the Surry County Educators Scholarship, the Surry County Retired Employees Personnel Scholarship and the Armfield Scholarship.
She competed in the Powerade State Games last year which helped her become eligible for the North Carolina Amateur Endowment.
SCC’s Marion-Kiser said she is excited about having her first left-handed hitter going into her sixth season as the Lady Knights’ coach.
Kaitlin can hit, block and set and has good height, said the college coach. It will be interesting to see how she fits in with the current group, which includes former Mount Airy setter Dana Brown.
The two setters can be rotated on the floor to keep defenses from getting used to one player’s tendencies, Marion-Kiser said.
“I’m lucky with the girls that I’ve got this year,” she said. “They are all really strong players who were major contributors to their high school teams.”
Returning from last season will be Brown, Maddison Hawks (North Surry), Cassidy Gregory (East Wilkes), Tiffany Coe (Central) and Ashley Smith (East Surry).
Kaitlin is part of an incoming class with Makenzie Dudley, Forbush; Sidney Shelton, South Stokes; Cassie Palmer, West Stokes; Haley Hartman, Starmount.
Marion-Kiser said this is probably going to be best depth she’s had as head coach, which is great because Region X is getting better across the board.
All of these players have that strong competitive nature, she said, which makes it fun. She can’t wait for September.