DOBSON — The Surry Community College volleyball team recently added one more recruit to its haul for the upcoming season.
Lauren Charleville, who was last seen in the area having a monster senior season for North Stokes High School in the fall of 2015, recently signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for the Lady Knights this fall. Charleville, who played four years for the Vikings and was a top performer for North Stokes’ basketball and volleyball teams, had briefly committed to Salem College out of high school, but never played for them.
The Spirits’ loss is Surry’s gain, according to head coach Jan Marion-Kiser.
We are so excited to have Lauren. She will be playing middle for us and will provide us with speed and quickness in the middle,” said Marion-Kiser, whose team posted a 19-9 record and finished second in Region X with a 13-3 conference mark. “Lauren was a leader on the court for (North Stokes) in both volleyball and basketball. SCC is excited to see the level of energy she will bring to the court this fall for the Knights.”
She is the fourth former prep standout to sign with Surry since the start of the year. Mikayla Thorpe of Forestview, Lexia Wingler of Forbush and East Surry’s Bryce Smith cast their lot with the Lady Knights back in February.
As a senior for the Vikings, Charleville helped her team reach the 1A state playoffs by posting 203 kills, 109 digs, 41 aces and 23 blocks over 21 matches. The final match of her high school career may have been her best, as she had 20 kills and 11 digs in a five-set loss to Smoky Mountain Conference champion Hayesville. She was in double-digit kills in 11 of her final 12 matches for North Stokes, missing only once because she checked out of a blowout win early on.
Charleville was also a part of North Stokes’ outstanding track and field program, which finished as state runner-up in her senior year, but said that volleyball was always her favorite sport.
Standing 5’11” with an impressive vertical leap, Charleville was a force on the court, no matter what kind of ball was in her hands. Although North Stokes’ basketball team struggled in the powerful Northwest 1A Conference — which has had three different programs win every 1A state title for the last decade — she represented the Vikings on the All-Conference team as a senior.
After a year off, the next chapter of her volleyball career begins on Aug. 26, when Surry will take on Wake Tech and Bryant & Stratton in a preseason tournament in Hickory.
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