ND’s Usilton signs to play volleyball at Wesley College
SHILOH — North Dorchester High School varsity volleyball four-year starter Jenna Usilton will be taking the next step by playing volleyball at Wesley College (Dover, Del.) next fall.
Usilton signed her Letter of Intent Thursday, Oct. 25, before family, teammates and coaches. Playing a Libero, Usilton has been a leader with her serves and strong along the middle and back. She earned her 100th ace of her senior year the same night as her signing in a victor y over Stephen Decatur.
“This is a big deal for me,” she said. “I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was until I signed that paper and realized I’m a senior, and I signed to play college volleyball. It is one of my dreams to play volleyball for a college.”
Usilton said volleyball runs in her family’s blood with both her mom Pamela and dad Stephen having a love for the sport. She said her parents first met on the volleyball court.
As Usilton got older and took on to the game, her parents had her play at the Dynamic Volleyball Academy in Dover. She also played in programs on the beach and grass.
“I really appreciate my parents supporting me when I started playing,” she said. “They gave me the opportunity to meet new people and have a good time.
“My dad’s toughness helped make me a better player, but he also taught me to have fun out there, she said. “Having that support from my parents in my life has really helped me be a better person and achieve my goals.”
Usilton is a member of the Math Honors Society and the National Honors Society. She will pursue a degree in nursing at Wesley College.
Usilton said she is going to miss playing with her teammates, and having head coach Carol Hubbard as her high school coach.
“It means a lot to be a part of the volleyball program here at North Dorchester,” she said. “I love my teammates, my coaches and my parents. Having them all here with me while I’m sign- ing means a lot.”
North Dorchester began fielding a volleyball program in the fall of 2014, and since built a strong contender in the 1A East region and Bayside Conference. The Eagles earned its third straight trip to the 1A East Region Final with a victory over Colonel Richardson Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Hubbard credits Usilton for being one of the driving forces in building a contending program.
“She is by far the most passionate volleyball player I’ve ever seen,” Hubbard said. “She loves the sport. She loves everything about it. She is one of our captains this year. She always is positive on the court, and a great teammate. We are going to miss her next year.
“It is awesome to see Jenna moving on to play in college,” she said. “She is the second girl we’ve had come through the program and gone to college for volleyball. It has been so cool to see her growth from when she first started until now. She is an awesome person.”
North Dorchester High School volleyball senior Jenna Usilton signs her Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Wesley College (Dover, Del.) next year. She is joined at the Oct. 25 ceremony by her teammates and coaches.