College volleyball: East’s McCall to Catawba

By Mike London
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SALISBURY — All-county for the past three seasons and a strong student, East Rowan’s 5-foot-8 setter Jordan McCall had quite a few options as far as playing college volleyball.

A lot of precise McCall assists were turned into Mustang points by Brittany Small, Avery Wright and other East hitters over the years.

“Jordan is quick to the ball, has great hands, makes really good decisions on the court,” said Sandy Basinger, who coached McCall for two seasons at East. “She’ll be a fine college player.”

Jordan looked at a lot of schools before announcing a commitment back in January to Columbus State University, a Division II Peach Belt Conference school in Georgia.

Like every athlete who gets that decision out of the way, Jordan was relieved and happy. But her world was shaken a few months later.

Lee McCall, Jordan’s mother, is a fourth-grade teacher at Salisbury Academy. Salisbury Academy was involved in a lockdown drill when she got a call from Columbus State. Lee had to whisper and said she couldn’t talk, but she could tell the person on the other end of the line was crying.

The McCalls would learn later that day that Columbus State, faced with tough budget decisions, had elected to discontinue its volleyball program. The school had to either take something away from a lot of programs or terminate one completely. Volleyball got the axe.

“Jordan was devastated,” said Jordan’s father, Barry McCall, who was a fine athlete at East Rowan in the late 1980s.

“It really was heartbreaking,” Jordan said. “It was a hard thing. I started playing volleyball in fourth grade and I loved it, and then I started playing travel ball in sixth grade, and it became a huge part of my life. Then when Columbus State dropped the sport, I didn’t know what I was going to do next.”

More offers came in when schools heard the news. Jordan made a visit to Greenwood, S.C., to take a look at…

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