It was two for the price of one Monday when Lady Warriors Katie Chancellor and Kristi Sammons had their letter-of-intent signing ceremony at Grovetown High School.
The volleyball pair will be heading to Division III LaGrange College, about 200 miles away in LaGrange, Ga., next fall.
“Both of them should be very successful not only in school but in volleyball,” said Grovetown volleyball head coach Amy Slagle, whose Lady Warriors were 17-13 in 2012.
Chancellor first heard about the college through friends and was looking at its academic programs when the volleyball coaches caught wind of her.
“Their coaches contacted me and said, ‘Hey, we’ve seen you have interest in our college and we’d really like to check you out,’” said Chancellor, a future English major. “And so they looked at my video and they said, ‘You’d be a great fit for our program,’ and it just kind of went from there.”
What the Lady Panthers will get in Chancellor is a hitter who registered 296 kills, 93 aces and 118 blocks in her two years at Grovetown. She was 2012 All-Region 2-AAAAA second team and Region 3-AAA honorable mention in 2011.
Chancellor has high hopes for the college experience.
“The coaches are amazing, two really sweet women, and we get along really well. So I’m hoping for a really strong start to a new season and just a really great beginning,” Chancellor said.
She likes the fact that there will be someone there she already knows.
“It’s really nice just to have a friend that I’ve known pretty much through my entire high school experience,” Chancellor said. “I think it’s good for both of us just to have somebody we know.”
It was much the same feeling for Sammons.
“It puts me at ease because it means I’ll have someone to go to, like if I’m feeling homesick, I can always go to her and just talk,” said Sammons.
Sammons contacted the coaches after noticing they had been looking at her recruiting Web site.
“It was probably about after the second trip, around January, when I made up my mind, made my decision,” Sammons said. “It was how small it was. How more family-oriented they were. They had the major I want, photography, and that was one of the things I really liked about them, too.”
What the Lady Panthers are getting is a defensive specialist who was the Region 3-AAA player of the year in 2011 after a 2010 season in which she was Region 3-AAA first team. In her last two years she had 554 digs and 60 aces.
The upcoming experience at college is one Sammons is looking forward to.
“It’s definitely going to be hard getting adjusted... but I’m up for the challenge,” she said. “I’m ready for something new.”