It was a historic evening for Maci Pack and Mount Hope Christian Academy.
Pack signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Asbury College throughout a ceremony Thursday evening on the faculty. She was joined by household, buddies, coaches and directors.
Pack turned the primary feminine athlete from Mount Hope Christian to signal to play a university sport. The college opened in 2016.
“It’s positively a giant alternative, and it means lots,” Pack mentioned. “I’ve had lots of people who’ve sacrificed lots to get me to have the ability to play this sport that I really like. The late nights and the various automobile rides and every little thing, it simply means a lot as a result of this sport has taught me lots of life classes that I’ll carry with me perpetually. The self-discipline and friendships and every little thing.”
Pack lower her volleyball enamel with the Membership Assault journey workforce, and her former coaches Shirley Brown — a West Virginia highschool teaching icon at Woodrow Wilson — Lauren Dillon, who performed for Brown at Woodrow, and Brantlea Wooden had been on the ceremony.
Mount Hope Christian coach Sam Wiley was additionally there.
Pack was on the Membership Assault workforce that gained the Sapphire Division on the AAU Volleyball Nationals in Orlando, Fla., in 2021.
“I began enjoying for Membership Assault the winter of my fifth grade 12 months,” she mentioned. “Coach Brown was my first coach for Membership Assault that I used to be ever with and coach Dillon got here the second 12 months. They coached me for about two or three years after which I bought moved all the way down to a few groups and I ended up with Brantlea.”
Pack, 5-foot-10, prefers exterior hitter however has been in every single place on the courtroom.
“I like exterior one of the best, however the place we’re a smaller personal faculty I’ve performed center, I used to be setter for a recreation. That was attention-grabbing; I performed again row. Just about wherever I’m wanted,” she mentioned.
Pack was contemplating a number of faculties earlier than in the end selecting Asbury, a former River States Convention rival of WVU Tech that’s now in its first 12 months as an NCAA Division III faculty.
Asbury had a few promoting factors for Pack.
“One factor that bought me taking a look at them was their equine program,” Pack mentioned. “They’ve an incredible equine program. and I went there and I met the coach (Tiffany Horton), and she or he is simply superb. She has lots of expertise within the sport and simply has fame within the sport, which could be very welcoming.”
The equine program is one thing near Pack’s coronary heart. She and her household stay on a farm and she or he owns a horse that she is going to take along with her to Asbury.
“I’m going to be learning equine assisted remedy. Principally that signifies that I can assist individuals with particular wants or individuals with psychological sicknesses and stuff like that.”