GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T assistant volleyball coach Arlene Mitchell received MVP honors at the 2014 USA Volleyball Regionals after leading the International Jammers to the Gold Division championship at the Greensboro Sportsplex.
“It was an honor to be amongst some of the great athletes on my team,” said Mitchell. “I really enjoy playing with the ladies. They are not only my teammates, they are my friends and we all possess the same competitive nature, which is great. On top of all that, it is a fun way to still compete.”
The USA Volleyball League consists of former collegiate volleyball players who travel nationally and internationally to places such as Jamaica and the Bahamas to play in tournaments. It is a great opportunity for adults to still have a chance to continue playing volleyball competitively after college. Mitchell’s twin sister Darlene Mitchell and Amber Inman are also two former A&T volleyball players.
Mitchell is arguably the best hitter in program history. She is a four-time All-MEAC performer who owns the top six single-match kill performances in school history. She is also the all-time leader in kills, service aces and total attacks. She is the only player in school history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs over a career.
“We are proud of Arlene for being named MVP of the Carolina Region,” said A&T head coach Hal Clifton. “Our players can see her love for the sport, and I think they like the fact that she is still so active. They can relate to that. Arlene is super competitive and our team feeds off of that.
“We want to create an environment that volleyball is a game for life and we want our players to continue to play after they finish their career,” he continued. “Watching Arlene lets our team know that they can do that. She is a great role model for our players and a great representation of our university.”