Parents: David and Maureen Pierson
High School: Corinth Holders
Club Team: J.C. Heat
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Also Considered: Guilford, Methodist, Meredith, Wake Tech
Why Greensboro College? “The coach was very enthusiastic and I liked that approach. They have high goals for this coming season and I thought I fit in well with the team.”
Notable: Cyarra didn’t have volleyball at the top of her college sport dream list for a while. She started playing the game in middle school when her parents wouldn’t let her play football at Archer Lodge Middle School. So she tried volleyball. It was something she liked but still ranked below softball on her radar. That’s until after her sophomore season when she got the volleyball bug. … A stellar junior season saw Cyarra help Corinth Holders reach deep into the 2A state playoffs. That run was sparked in part by her dominating performance against Hillsborough Orange in the opening round. “She was on fire,” Corinth Holders coach Charles Riley recalled. “Her attack percentage was really high. Everything she hit fell in: front row, back row, you name it. That was the best match of her career.”… Still, volleyball was far from her only love at that time. She was a four-year varsity starter in volleyball and girls basketball and a two-year starter in both softball and track and field. Those exploits helped her become the school’s female athlete of the year. “I’ll always remember being part of strong athletic programs here,” she said. “I’m super competitive and I always want to be a part of a team. If I wasn’t playing a sport every season, I wouldn’t know what to do with the free time.” … Cyarra thought about trying to play both basketball and volleyball in college but the schedule overlap would have been a big challenge. Now, she’s focused on directing all of her time to one sport.
Compiled by D. Clay Best