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Grovetown’s Catlett headed to Coastal Georgia

Posted: June 18, 2017 - 12:55am
Recent Grovetown graduate Anaiya Catlett signed to play volleyball at Coastal Georgia College. She plans to eventually become a physical therapist for special-needs children.
Recent Grovetown graduate Anaiya Catlett signed to play volleyball at Coastal Georgia College. She plans to eventually become a physical therapist for special-needs children.

Anaiya Catlett didn't think she would play college volleyball, especially after just picking up the sport in high school. She was proven wrong.

The Grovetown standout recently signed to play volleyball at Coastal Georgia College, an NAIA school located in Brunswick.

"I never thought I'd get to this point," she said. "The support from my coaches and my parents made it worth it."

Catlett has been athletic her whole life. As a youth, she swam, played basketball for two years, baseball for three years and soccer for five. She also competed in track and field for nine years, running the 400 and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, while also participating in high jump and long jump.

"I've never played hockey or lacrosse," she said.

When she started her high school career at Evans, she sought a fall sport to go with track and field. She went on the school website and saw a listing for volleyball tryouts. She soon got a spot on the junior varsity team, though it took her awhile to develop her skills. In her first match at Greenbrier, she got hit in the face with the ball.

"I'll never forget that," she said. "I actually scored a point. It went back over. We got a point, because they didn't think you could play it off your face."

Eventually, she started playing travel ball. She played volleyball year-round with Evans and Grovetown, along with three local organizations. She said she found a home playing varsity with the Lady Warriors.

"I really enjoyed playing volleyball here," said Catlett, who recorded 186 kills and 47 blocks during her senior season. "It's been a great experience with the girls and with coach (Amy) Slagle. We really connected as a team."

Coastal Georgia coach Leah Mihm contacted Catlett during her senior season. Catlett took a visit during spring break and fell in love with the entire college experience.

"The girls were really welcoming," she said. "It was a really good connection. And I really enjoyed their coaching staff."

Coastal Georgia is a former two-year school that now competes in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Catlett said she plans to enter the school's pre-professional program with the goal of becoming an occupational therapist for special-needs children.

After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Alabama for her graduate and doctorate degrees.

 

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