HICKORY – Sophie Brennan, who came to Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) from Oregon to play volleyball, will continue her career at Winston-Salem State University.
Brennan is the 28th volleyball player from CVCC to sign to play at a four-year institution, a press release from the CVCC athletic department said.
“I’m thankful for CVCC and what they’ve prepared me for,” Brennan said in the press release. “High school is different than college so me being here for the first year really has helped me kind of transition to the new faster, quicker tempo.
“It’s definitely been crazy, and it’s helped me grow as a person and as a player. It took a lot of hard work, and it’s paying off.
“There’s still a ton of growth and experience waiting for me in the future.”
In 14 matches as a freshman last fall, Brennan tallied 41 assists and 20 digs. She was part of a team that went 36-10 and won an 11th straight Region X title (seventh in a row) and an eighth district title.
The Red Hawks also won three matches at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II tournament for the first time.
“We had ups and downs, but in the end, we all came together as a team,” Brennan said. “Our coaches really helped push us to our limit. That’s what made us better as individuals and as a team.”
Brennan is the second Red Hawks player to go to Winston-Salem State, joining Francesca Edgerton. Edgerton was the first CVCC player to become a four-year signee.
“I am so proud of Sophie, and I am excited to see her continue to play at the next level,” CVCC volleyball head coach Shannon Hudson in the release. “I think Winston-Salem State is a great fit for her, and I know she will be an invaluable asset to the Rams program.”
— Reported by CVCC Sports Information