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Kelly Ammons to play volleyball at Guilford College

Kelly Ammons signs with Guilford College with her parents (seated) Kim and Stephen Ammons, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant principal Robert Daniels, assistant volleyball coach Vernon Novak, head volleyball coach Charles Riley and athletics director Brent Walston.
Kelly Ammons signs with Guilford College with her parents (seated) Kim and Stephen Ammons, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant principal Robert Daniels, assistant volleyball coach Vernon Novak, head volleyball coach Charles Riley and athletics director Brent Walston. cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Stephen and Kim Ammons

High School: Corinth Holders

Club Team: Johnston County Club Volleyball

Height: 5-foot-8

Also Considered: Methodist, N.C. Wesleyan, William Peace

Why Guilford? “The coach and the girls I met there were really cool and easy to relate to. It was just a great school environment and the location of the school is a plus.”

Major: Pre-Med/Physical Therapy

Notable: Kelly is a setter and played the right side of the court for the Pirates. She was a three-year varsity player and the recipient of the team’s Coaches Award for the 2015 season. … The highlight of her days in the Pirate purple and gold included beating Triton. … Kelly said she got a better idea of what life would be like as a student-athlete at Guilford during her overnight visit to the school where she stayed with the team. … She wants to improve her attitude on the court as she prepares for college play. “When things don’t go well, in the past, I’ve let it affect my play too much and I’ve learned that impacts my entire team,” she said. “It’s something I really worked to improve and become more of a leader on the court.” … Kelly helped the Pirates reach the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and led Corinth Holders in assists (212) and was second in the team in digs (105) during her senior season.

Corinth Holders coach Charles Riley: “Kelly has a very outgoing personality, but she really took a step forward in her senior year in a leadership role. She helped call for a players only meeting that was a key point in our season. That helped her find the confidence she needed to become a more aggressive player on the court.”

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

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