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Hamric signs to play at Central Baptist

by Brandon Smith, The Sentinel-Record | April 8, 2021 at 4:15 a.m.
Fountain Lake High School volleyball player Presley Hamric, sitting center, signed to play at Central Baptist College Wednesday morning in a ceremony in Irvin J. Bass Gymnasium. Hamric was joined by her mother, Valerie Hamric, sitting left, sister Payton Hamric, sitting right, assistant coach Michaela Biehlisch, standing left, head coach Tina Moore and CBC head coach Stephanie Irwin. - Photo by Richard Rasmussen of The Sentinel-Record

FOUNTAIN LAKE -- Fountain Lake senior right-side hitter Presley Hamric signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Central Baptist College Wednesday morning at Irvin J. Bass Gymnasium.

Hamric will play right-side hitter for CBC, an NAIA school in Conway that competes in the American Midwest Conference.

As a three-year starter, Hamric helped lead Fountain Lake to a 70-17 overall record while earning All-Conference honors three times, All-State tournament team three times, All-State player twice and made All-Garland County team three times.

Hamric, who plans to major in psychology next fall at CBC, expressed thanks to her family, friends and coaches who helped support her.

"I want to thank my coaches for everything that they've done for me to get me to this point," she said. "I want to thank my teammates for all the good memories that we've had throughout the years of me playing, and I also want to thank my mom for everything she has done for me. I wouldn't be here without her. And I want to thank coach Stephanie (Irwin) for giving me such an amazing opportunity and allowing me to follow my dream and play at the next level."

Irwin, the Lady Mustangs second-year head volleyball coach, is familiar with Hamric, having coached her in club volleyball the past few years.

"Presley was always very coachable and always had a good attitude and always did whatever I asked her to do," she said. "And so, at the time, I still playing in college and coaching club volleyball and, even from a coaching perspective, when I was younger playing in college, I knew that she had a lot of potential, and I just loved her and her family. They're just good people. So when I got to CBC, it was like, 'OK, let's just continue this on and have her play for me here if she wants to,' and I'm glad that she did."

Hamric admitted that her relationship with Irwin helped draw her to CBC.

"Well I really, really love coach Stephanie," she said. "I've had a great relationship with her, and I know that she just started the program at CBC, and she's been doing really great things. So I'm excited to go to a program that I think we'll be able to build each year and get better and better. And I know next year's going to be a really good year for us, and so I'm really excited for that."

Fountain Lake head volleyball coach Tina Moore said that what impressed her most about Hamric was her tireless work ethic.

"Her work ethic from the beginning -- she jumped in and did everything," she said. "She played basketball, and she had a fabulous basketball career at the same time as trying work on her volleyball skills and playing club volleyball and traveling. So the time that she has put in is amazing, I mean, that's what's made her skill set what it is.

"She definitely developed into a very skilled player and one that people really had to take notice and defend because she was so powerful as far as scoring, and made such an impact. The right side (position) is such a different position, and people don't usually put a lot of power into that as a scoring position, but with her being a 'true right side,' it gave us just that much more depth as far as hitting and scoring. So Presley did a great job developing that position."

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