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College Volleyball Signing: Megan Ryals

Megan Ryals signs with Louisburg College with (seated from left) her dad, Dale Ryals, Louisburg assistant coach Misty D'Ottavio, her mother, Mindy Ryals, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant coach Vernon Novak and head coach Charles Riley.
Megan Ryals signs with Louisburg College with (seated from left) her dad, Dale Ryals, Louisburg assistant coach Misty D'Ottavio, her mother, Mindy Ryals, (standing, from left) Corinth Holders assistant coach Vernon Novak and head coach Charles Riley. newsobserver.com

Parents: Dale and Mindy Ryals

High School: Corinth Holders

Travel Team: Eastern Elite

Height: 5-foot-9

Why Louisburg: “I really liked the coach and most of all I liked the campus and the girls from the team. They have very high expectations and I like that.”

Also Considered: Lenoir Community College, Wake Tech, Randolph-Macon University

Plans to Major In: Secondary Education, High School History

Notable: Megan will be joining a Louisburg program that features Misty D’Ottavio as an assistant coach. D’Ottavio was a coach for the club team that Megan played on. “Having that connection on and off the court was important for me,” Megan said. “We share a lot of the same beliefs in volleyball and of competition. She has high expectations like I do.” … Megan was a key part of Corinth Holders’ run to the third round of the NCHSAA 2A volleyball playoffs this past season. She played middle hitter for the Pirates. “I was most proud of our team and the way we progressed together,” she said. … She wants to be a high school teacher.

Corinth Holders volleyball coach Charles Riley: “Megan put in a lot of work before her senior season and she just got so much better. She really helped us, giving us a reliable second hitter in the middle to use. As the season went on we relied on her more and more.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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