ND’s Usil­ton signs to play vol­ley­ball at Wes­ley Col­lege

Dorchester Star - - NEWS - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

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.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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