DOBSON — Starmount volleyball standout Ashley Johnson signed with Surry Community College to play volleyball on Monday afternoon.
Johnson was a three-year varsity player for the Lady Rams, for whom she was an all-conference selection her junior and senior years.
Johnson has played volleyball since the seventh grade, and played Junior Olympic ball every winter. When asked what she’s looking forward to about SCC, Johnson explained how eager she is to get back on the court.
“I’m looking forward to playing again,” Johnson said. “I’ve played travel volleyball every year, and since this year was my last year of playing travel, it was kind of like the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.”
Although she is ending her time at Starmount, Johnson still has a special memory to hold on to. Johnson and the Lady Rams won the 1A state championship in her freshman year in 2012.
Johnson knew she wanted to play volleyball in college, and she didn’t have to go far to find a school that was interested. Johnson attended several open gyms at SCC, and caught the eye of head coach Jan Kiser.
“She’s very smart. She’s a smart hitter, and she knows when to go up and swing and where to put the ball down,” Kiser said. “She’s the kind of outside hitter we can play all the way around. She’s the whole package for us.”
While at Surry, Johnson plans to get her Associate in Arts degree, then transfer to a four-year college. If that college wants to sign Johnson to play volleyball, she is more than happy to take them up on their offer as long as she can get a degree in her projected major of elementary or special education.
“I’m not sure where I want to transfer,” Johnson said. “but wherever I go, I would like to play volleyball.”
Kristian Russell is a sports reporter for the Elkin Tribune and can be reached at 336-258-4052.