North Dorchester’s Jones signs on with Pfeiffer
Hurlock resident inks national letter of intent to take talents to N.C. school
HURLOCK — She played field hockey as a freshman.
She played basketball and ran track for four seasons.
But volleyball was always the favorite of North Dorchester High senior Myasia Jones.
“I’ve always had a passion for volleyball,” Jones said. “So once we got volleyball, it’s kind of like everything else just got put on the back burner. I just love volleyball so much. I just never had a chance to play it until my sophomore year.”
Jones put herself in position to play volleyball for another four years Monday, when, in the company of her parents, coaches and school administrators, she signed a national letter of intent to play at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.
“Out of all the colleges I applied to I picked Pfeiffer because I was interested in the people who came to the college fair,” Jones said. “Once I visited the school it was a great campus and I got to meet some of the kids. I liked the dorms. I like the educational setup.”
Pfeiffer went 0-25 last season, but will start fresh next season, moving from Division II to Division III, where it will begin play in the USA South Conference.
Jones knows about new beginnings. As a freshman she played on North Dorchester’s last field hockey team in 2013 before the program was folded. The following year, the school began its volleyball program and Jones was there. Losses outweighed wins the first two years, but this past fall, Jones and the Eagles went 11-7 — 6-6 against their South Bayside division opponents — and were 9-0 against 1A competition, which included defeating Colonel Richardson for the 1A East Section II title, before getting swept by eventual state runnerup Perryville in the 1A East Region final.
“She’s made huge strides in three years,” North Dorchester head coach Carol Hubbard said. “She has a lot of raw talent and I think once she gets to the college level, and gets more specific training. … she’s really limitless.
“She’s a great outside hitter and a great blocker,” Hubbard continued. “I think they’ll work with her on becoming more of a middle hitter, but really she’s great all around on the court. And her serving, especially this year, has really gotten good. She started out a little rough at the beginning, but by the end of the season she had an awesome jump serve. I think she’ll do great in college.”
An 18-year-old resident of Hurlock, whose father, Ollie Jones, played football, basketball and lacrosse at Cambridge-South Dorchester High, and whose mother, Charlene Jones, ran track at Cambridge-SD, Myasia Jones also developed her game while playing travel ball with the Delaware Volleyball Academy through the summer months and school year. That extra work helped the 5-foot-8 senior average six kills, three blocks and two aces per game last season.
“They have helped me improve so much,” Jones said of the DVA. “So I think I’m pretty good, and I’m looking forward to improving my skills more in college because there is always stuff to learn.”
Jones, who plans to major in psychology, will also be learning on the track.
“Track was just kind of thrown in there,” Jones said of her scholarship. “I never ever said I wanted to run track, but I like track, and I’m good at it. I’m assuming the track coach looked me up and he liked my scores, so he wanted me to run so I said, ‘Of course I’ll run.’”
Jones ran legs on North Dorchester’s 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams that placed second and fourth, respectively, at last year’s 1A East Region championships, qualifying for states, where they finished eighth and 11th. She also qualified for the 200-meter final at regionals last year.
“I think she’ll do well in the 100, 200,” longtime North Dorchester head track and field coach Melvin Young said. “And I think she’s going to try the quarter of mile this time. The way she is with stamina and attitude, I think she’ll be an excellent track and field runner. She’s a leader. Kids look up to her.”
North Dorchester’s Myasia Jones lifts the ball over the net against Parkside in September 2016.
North Dorchester High senior Myasia Jones signed last Monday to play volleyball and run track for Pfeiffer (N.C.) University.
North Dorchester High senior Myasia Jones, seated, signed her national letter of intent last Monday in the company of, from left, North Dorchester athletic director Terri Wright, head volleyball coach Carol Hubbard, parents Ollie and Charlene Jones, head track and field coach Melvin Young, assistant principal Erin Fitzgerald, and school principal Jacqueline Sorrells.