FLORENCE, S.C.- Francis Marion University volleyball head coach Paul MacDonald announced two signees to national letters of intent after the recent early signing period: defensive specialist Brianna West of Lexington and outside hitter Jasmine Jackson from Chantilly, Va.
West, 5-4, is a senior at Lexington High School, where she played for coach Kerri Carnes. She helped lead the Wildcats to a 17-10 mark this past season and an appearance in the second round of the AAAA state tournament. She garnered All-Tournament recognition at the Lady Gamecocks Spikeoff Tournament in Sumter.
She led the squad in digs and service aces in 2010 as a junior.
West also played for the club team Magnum 18 Mizuno Black. She was as a Palmetto USAV All-Region selection in 2009, and she participated in the 2010 USAV nationals in Reno, Nev..
“Brianna’s best asset is her quickness on defense that allows her to get to a lot of balls that other players may not be able to,” said MacDonald. “We have been watching her since her sophomore year and since then she has also improved her service reception as well.”
West will graduate from Lexington at the end of the fall semester. She has been an AP Honors student and a National Honor Society nominee. She will enroll at FMU in January.
“She will really benefit from acclimating to FMU and the team early. Her being able to start training with the team in the spring will pay off next fall.”
Jackson, 5-8, comes from Freedom High School, where she played for coach Jim Clark. She racked up 377 kills, 214 digs, 77 services aces, and 32 blocks in 2011 and helped the Eagles to a program-best 23-6 record and the program’s first-ever district title, district tournament title, and regional title. Freedom advanced to the AAA state quarterfinals.
“Jasmine is an explosive outside hitter with tremendous quickness off the floor that should fit in well with our offense. Her extensive training has led to a nice complete skill set which will allow her a chance to see some additional time in the back row to go along with the frontline attacking.”
Jackson also lettered in softball.
The Patriots will lose four seniors off this past season’s 12-18 squad.