Orangeburg-Wilkinson head volleyball coach Denolis Wright has always been happy for each and every Bruinette player who has gone on to play college volleyball.
But on Tuesday, seeing her daughter and outside hitter Ka’tia Wright sign with Benedict College volleyball was such an emotional moment that the coach shed a few tears of joy.
The younger Wright is the second daughter in the family to sign a volleyball scholarship, and she is the second player from the O-W 2016-17 team to ink with a collegiate program for this fall.
To put it simply, it was a special day for the Wrights. The child Coach Wright was carrying when she first started coaching volleyball has grown into a versatile on-court player who had choices in the college ranks, thanks to her grades and her athleticism.
“I’m excited for her,” Coach Wright said. “I started coaching volleyball when I was pregnant with her, so I’m excited about her playing in college.
“With Ka’tia going to Benedict, that’s a short drive for me to go check her out and see how she is doing and possibly see her play.”
Now, Ka’tia Wright will join two former O-W standout players (rising junior outside hitter Olivia Williams and rising senior libero P’yuncka Kearse-Peoples) on a Lady Tigers team that calls nearby Columbia home.
She considered programs at St. Augustine’s, Johnson C. Smith, Mount Olive, Fayetteville State and a few other schools. But, in the end, it was Benedict head coach Gwendolyn Rouse – consistent with her recruiting of Wright from the start – who got the services of the 5-foot-11 player who has played every position on the court for O-W.
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