North Dorch­ester’s Jones signs on with Pfeiffer

Hurlock res­i­dent inks na­tional let­ter of in­tent to take tal­ents to N.C. school

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­dem.com

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Mya­sia Jones lifts the ball over the net against Park­side in Septem­ber 2016.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

North Dorch­ester High se­nior Mya­sia Jones signed last Mon­day to play vol­ley­ball and run track for Pfeiffer (N.C.) Univer­sity.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

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.

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