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Huntington High's Sites to play volleyball at MU

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 12:31 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington High senior Jacqueline Sites signed a letter of commitment to join the Marshall University volleyball team Wednesday.

Surrounded by family and friends, Sites put pen to paper in the Huntington High School library.

"First off I just want to say thank you to God for this awesome opportunity," Sites said, before thanking her family, teammates and friends.

Her mother, Susan Sites, was by her daughter's side during the signing.

"I'm so proud of her," Susan Sites said. "She comes from a long line of generations of girls with a lot of grit. She plays with so much spirit, determination and heart. Now we're closing this chapter and opening up a whole new chapter."

Jacqueline Sites said she's happy to get a chance to play at the university in her home town that she's grown up cheering for.

"I'm so happy to play for my hometown, it's a true honor," she said. "I've always been raised in a Marshall family, so it's pretty cool."

Coaches commented that Sites is a scrappy player known for keeping the ball alive. Sites herself said it's the frenetic action of volleyball that drew her to the sport.

"You're always on your toes, always waiting for a moment," she said. "The feeling of getting a kill, the feeling of getting a dig, you feel so confident. I can't describe the feeling."

Sites has been playing for about seven years, including middle school, high school and some time with the River Cities Thunder travel team.

Taylor Strickland, one of the Thunder's coaches, said Sites was a great player to coach and a hard player to coach against.

"It's been an honor and a privilege to coach her, she's one of the hardest-working athletes we have," Strickland said.

Overall, Sites said she knows it only gets harder from here, but she's ready for the challenge.

"It's just an awesome feeling to have all my friends here, all my family here today," she said. "It's just great to know that all my hard work has paid off."