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Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

Aggies Add Three to Volleyball Recruiting Class

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 05/01/2018
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GREENSBORO (May 1, 2018) – North Carolina A&T head volleyball coach Hal Clifton has announced three additional signees to the Aggies’ signing class. Makaylah Elliott (6-0, middle blocker, Cornelius, N.C./ UNC Pembroke/William Hough HS/Charlotte Powerhouse Volleyball Club), Shaylynn Hall (6-2, MB, Garner, N.C./Garner Magnet HS/Triangle Volleyball Club) and Lily Walton (6-1, MB, Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian HS/Carolina Union Volleyball Club) will join the Aggies for the upcoming 2018 season.

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Elliott, Hall and Walton will join Macenzie Richards (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington HS), who was inked during the signing period last November.

 

Elliott transfers to N.C. A&T after attending UNC Pembroke as a sophomore. In her rookie season, Elliott led the Braves in attack percentage, kills, blocks and points. In 2017, she was a North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association first-team All-State selection as a sophomore. Prior to Pembroke, she played three years at Hough High School for head coach Sandi Skidmore. The two-year letterwinner earned all-conference honors as a senior registering 175 kills and 80 blocks. In her final season, she helped her team become conference champions with a 22-5 record and an undefeated clip in conference action for the second-consecutive year. 

 

“We are proud to announce the addition of Makaylah to our volleyball program,” said Clifton. “Getting a transfer middle blocker with her experience and energy is great for A&T. Mak is a very dynamic player with the ability to terminate the point both offensively and defensively. She really has a drive and a determination to win. She competes to win and I think she will push her teammates every day in the gym to train harder. We weren’t expecting to add another middle but when a player like Mak reaches out, you just know it’s the right thing. We have high expectations from her both on and off the court, especially bringing in two years of collegiate experience.”   

 

Hall played four years of varsity in high school for Jason Boyette. Hall was a two-time all-conference member as a freshman and earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior. As a sophomore and senior, Hall was named the Most Outstanding Player and in all four years, she made the all-academic team. She also lettered in basketball and track and field. Her sister, Sharmani Hall, is a former Aggie who competed for N.C. A&T track and field.

 

“We are thrilled to add Shay to our 2018 class,” said Clifton. “She is a hard worker that seeks improvement daily. We knew during her time at our summer camp that she was a player that fits what we are looking for in Aggie volleyball players. She is eager to learn and grow but most importantly loves to compete. She continues to get better every day and she loves being in the gym. Her progress through club season under Coach Keisha Demps has been impressive. Shay is long and tall at the net and can hit good angles with power.  She will create immediate competition in this position this fall.” 

 

Walton played four years of varsity volleyball for head coach Sam Franklin. Walton was a four-year honor roll selection and received second-team All-CISAA honors as a junior and senior.

 

“We are stoked about having Lily join North Carolina A&T and our volleyball program,” said Clifton. “When we first saw her on video and then at a practice we knew we wanted Lily in our gym. She felt right at home on her visit and loved all the things she learned about A&T and especially our psychology department. Lily brings a wealth of experience and competitiveness to the middle blocker position and fills the void left by graduating senior Jasmine Lindor. Lily has only begun to scratch the surface of what she is going to be able to do. She is so humble but has great positive energy on the court. She will make those around her better and will be an integral part of our programs overall success.”

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