Bassett Volleyball Player Makayla Rumley Commits to UVA Wise | High school

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Bassett High School 2022 graduate Makayla Rumley has garnered a lot of attention from college coaches for her outstanding play during her senior season. And earlier this month, she made her decision official.

Rumley signed his letter of intent to join UVA Wise’s volleyball team this fall. Wise is an NCAA Division II school in Wise, Virginia that plays in the South Atlantic Conference.

As a senior, Rumley was named first-team All-VHSL Class 3 after leading the team with 405 kills, an average of 15 kills per game. She had a 48% kill percentage this season and added 131 blocks on the season. She also has a 77% passing average on the season, added 268 digs and an 81% service average with 31 aces and 99 points.

Rumley was also named First Team All-Region 3D and was the Piedmont District Player of the Year in her senior season.

“Overall, I’m really proud of her and how she rose to the challenge in front of her from her sophomore year to her freshman year and to be the dynamic player in her senior year,” said the BHS volleyball coach Julie Lacy to reporters at Rumley’s signing. ceremony. “Each year she was improving a bit, she was working a bit harder in the summer and off-season.

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“She’s just a dynamic player, and she does everything with a smile. Whether it’s covering the back line to the front line, going up and hitting the ball or covering another person, she was on the court the whole time with a smile on her face just having fun and loving the game.”

Bassett’s volleyball team finished the year 19-7 and won 10 of its last 11 games. The Bengals won the regular season and Piedmont District tournament championships and reached the semifinals of the Region 3D tournament. It was Bassett’s most successful season under head coach Julie Firebaugh, who was named co-PD coach of the year.

Rumley said she chose the Cavaliers because it felt natural to her. She plans to study to become a veterinarian one day.

“It felt like me. It suited me just fine,” Rumley said of the school. “Being alone and alone in a remote area, I’m not really a fan of big schools and people and stuff like that, that’s why I chose UVA Wise.

“I’ve always loved volleyball. It’s always been what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. On the other hand, I always wanted to be a veterinarian and work with animals, so I’m going there to continue this.”

Rumley thanked her mother and father for always pushing her to get better.

Lacy said she was excited to hopefully take the future Bengals to see Rumley play.

“I’m really excited to see her play. I’m pretty excited to go take on the team as a whole,” Lacy said. “Hopefully she plays tight, we can take a little team trip to cheer her on and cheer her on.”

“Just follow your dreams. Work hard. Never give up,” Rumley said.

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