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Katelynn Leach of Corinth Holders joins volleyball squad at UNC Pembroke

Katelynn Leach signs with UNC Pembroke with her mother (seated), Amy Leach, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant principal Robert Daniels, head volleyball coach Charles Riley, assistant volleyball coach Vernon Novak and athletics director Brent Walston.
Katelynn Leach signs with UNC Pembroke with her mother (seated), Amy Leach, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant principal Robert Daniels, head volleyball coach Charles Riley, assistant volleyball coach Vernon Novak and athletics director Brent Walston. cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Don and Amy Leach

High School: Corinth Holders

Club Team: N.C. Elite 18 Black

Height: 6-foot-1

Also Considered: Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), Lees-McRae College

Why Pembroke? “I liked the environment the coaches have created there. I just felt like I found my perfect fit there.”

Major: Psychology

Notable: Katelynn was an all-conference selection for the Pirates as a senior and a three-year varsity contributor. … Her biggest memories of her senior year are beating Cleveland and Triton. … As a middle hitter, Katelynn led Corinth Holders with 48 blocks as a senior and contributed 80 kills. … Katelynn said working with N.C. Elite 18 Black coach Tristy Bittikofer was also key in her development into a college recruit. … She wants to work on playing at a faster pace as she gets ready for college. “I need to be faster at getting open and being ready to hit every chance I get.”

Corinth Holders coach Charles Riley: “Katelynn has always had the potential to develop and it was great to see her work hard for that opportunity. After travel ball last season, she came back as a more fit player and ready to contribute in a larger role.”

D. Clay Best: 919-524-8895, @dclaybest

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