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Greenbrier senior Alex Powell to play college volleyball in Brunswick

Posted: December 25, 2011 - 12:08am  |  Updated: December 25, 2011 - 1:56am
Greenbrier High School senior Alex Powell (second from left) signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga., on Dec. 8. She is pictured with her father, Patterson Powell (from left), her mother and stepfather, Shannon and Gene Thomas; and Greenbrier varsity volleyball coach Debbie Born and junior varsity volleyball coach Danielle Coxville.  Photo By Valerie Rowell
Photo By Valerie Rowell
Greenbrier High School senior Alex Powell (second from left) signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga., on Dec. 8. She is pictured with her father, Patterson Powell (from left), her mother and stepfather, Shannon and Gene Thomas; and Greenbrier varsity volleyball coach Debbie Born and junior varsity volleyball coach Danielle Coxville.

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Greenbrier High School senior Alex Powell plans to extend her volleyball career in college.

On Dec. 8, Powell signed a letter of intent to be a defensive specialist with College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick.

“When I saw this college, it’s like you just know,” the 18-year-old said. “What (sold) me the most was the coach and what he wants for the future of the program, what he wants the volleyball program to grow into, and just his whole view about volleyball itself.”

Powell, team co-captain, has been playing volleyball her entire high school career.

Her future college team just completed its first volleyball season.

As a defensive specialist, Powell will be a welcome addition to the team, college coach Jeff Huebner said via a news release on the college’s Web site.

“She jumps really well and is ultra-competitive,” Huebner said. “She offers a ton. She does a lot well.”

Powell’s high school varsity coach Debbie Born agrees.

Born said in the two seasons Powell has played on the varsity team, she’s been very reliable. As a junior, Born said Powell was the team’s leading hitter and as a senior, she led the team in passing.

“She’s always been a factor for us,” Born said. “We always made sure she was in the mix to run our defense. We always put her in a prime passing position. … We always made sure Alex was back there to pass.”

Born said Powell was an effective leader and stepped up as a senior to motivate her teammates. She helped lead them to the second round of the state playoffs.

“It was so exciting,” Powell said of the season. “I’m so proud of my girls because I don’t think we have connected as well as we did this year.

“This (season), we didn’t want it to end. When it ended, we were so upset. It was a very exciting season.”

Born believes Powell will be a great back-row player for the Coastal Georgia
program.

“She’s going to be an instant impact on that team,” Born said. “I know she’s going to do well. That’s a guarantee.”

Powell said she toured the college and practiced with the team and immediately connected with the other players.

Powell, who plans to study nursing, said she can’t wait to head to college, for the volleyball, academics and the nearby beaches.

“I’m so excited to get the whole experience.”

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