Cougars welcome two volleyball signees

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Central Carolina Community College's volleyball program signed two new Lady Cougars on Monday afternoon as Hunter Riggins, of Southern Lee, and Payton Kelly, of Overhills, made the paperwork official inside the college's student center.

Riggins, a setter for the Lady Cavaliers, will play the same position for the Lady Cougars said CCCC head coach Bill Carter.

"I saw Hunter play versus Lee (County) and was very impressed with how she plays," Carter said.

"She's going to give us depth, as we have a sophomore setter returning. She's a very talented player, so we're excited about that," he said.

Riggins was on the Southern Lee team in 2012 which won the Cape Fear Valley Conference season title, the program's first conference title, and reached the state tournament. This year's Lady Cavalier team went 10-8 overall and made the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament again.

Carter has coached Kelly on the club level. Kelly is a 6-foot-1 middle hitter/blocker and her play at and above the net is something Central Carolina, which was in its first season rejuvenating its volleyball program this fall after a one-year absence, needs to improve.

"Payton's a very strong middle hitter," Carter said, "and we'll need her strengths blocking and hitting."

The whole Lady Cougar roster this past season, in which CCCC won two matches, was freshmen, so all will be eligible to be back next season.

Carter expects to put together a spring season, with workouts and a few matches, then to have the team work through the summer.

"We expect to get quite a few wins and compete for a conference championship next year," he said.