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‘Blazers volleyball lands another player for ‘19

BY TRAVIS DAVID

 

VINCENNES, Ind. -- The Vincennes University Volleyball team made its second big splash in a week on Monday.

Two-time All-State player Kammie-Jo Hayes from Tell City (IN) signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Trailblazers.

Hayes is the daughter of John and Dalonda Hayes and is also the younger sister of former Trailblazer Kassidie Hayes (2015-16).

The 6-foot outside hitter led the Marksmen to a 23-7 record this past season. Hayes put away 467 kills with a .378 hitting percentage as she earned her second straight Class 2A First-Team All-state selection.

“We are excited to have her,” VU Volleyball coach Gary Sien said. “She is another well-known name and someone who has been on our radar for a couple years now.”

She will be the third Hayes sibling to play in the college ranks. Her oldest sister McKenzie, was a four-year player for NCAA Division I Memphis, while Kassidie is finishing up her senior year at NAIA Brescia University -- after two years at VU.

All three were coached at Tell City by their mother, Dalonda.

“She (Kammie-Jo) comes from a big time volleyball family and she may just be the best of the three,” Sien said. “Having her come here is just another huge signing for our program. Not to mention she is a great kid from a great family.

“We had her parents here when Kassidie was here and they were great supporters of the program so it’s always nice when you can reconnect with families like that.”

For her career at Tell City, Hayes registered 1257 kills -- with a .314 hitting percentage.

“For a pin (outside) hitter that is pretty outstanding,” Sien said of Hayes’ hitting percentage. “It is more challenging to put away balls on the outside as you are usually going against multiple blockers. So her ability to record that many kills with such a high hitting percentage is pretty darn good.”

Hayes is more than just a dominant hitter. She also recorded 1058 digs and 206 aces. She is the Tell City record holder for aces in a match, aces in a season and aces in a career.

The Trailblazers coach also mentioned Hayes’ ability to play multiple positions on the floor is exactly the kind of player he wants in this recruiting class.

“We are not bringing in a whole lot of kids with this class but the ones we bring in we want them to be able to play a ton of positions,” Sien stated. “Kammie-Jo can not only play multiple positions, but she can play them all well.”

Hayes served as Tell City’s backup setter, which is something Sien mentioned he can see her doing for the Trailblazers if need be.

The Tell City standout is the second player from the Pocket Athletic Conference to sign with the Trailblazers in this recruiting class. Breanna Metzger, who signed her NLI last on Dec. 3, played at rival school Tecumseh.

The two soon-to-be Trailblazers will be teammates before they put on the Blue and Gold at VU, as both are playing on the same club team this year -- Audubon Volleyball Association.

“That is pretty awesome,” Sien said. “They are already talking about wanting to be roommates when they come here. You couldn’t really expect a better result from two players who have been competitors against each other for the last four years.”

Hayes plans to major in nursing while at VU.

 

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Travis David can be reached at 812-888-6831 or VUathletics@vinue.edu . Follow all Trailblazer athletics on Twitter @VUBlazerSports and on Facebook .

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