By PATRICK CASEY
The Walton Lady Braves volleyball team saw three players ink deals to continue their careers at the next level on Thursday as Casey Perkins, Betsy Stevenson and Caiti Stewart all signed scholarships to play collegiate volleyball this fall.
Stevenson inked a deal to play at Montevallo University, a school that was founded in 1896 and is 35 miles south of Birmingham.
Perkins and Stewart signed with Jefferson Davis Community College, which is located in Brewton, Alabama.
Stevenson, who was equally effective as a hitter and setter for the Braves, piled up 300 kills, 290 assists, 99 aces, 95 digs and 35 blocks in her career at Walton. She was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s 3A Player of the Year and took part in the All-Star game in South Florida in December. Stevenson played with the North Florida Volleyball Academy in Tallahassee during club season to get ready for her senior year.
Perkins had 104 kills for a Braves squad that went 20-9 in 2008 while posting three blocks and 15 digs playing mainly along the front line of defense.
Stewart was third on the team with 138 kills, notching 63 aces from the service line. Stewart also had 14 blocks, 48 digs and 27 assists.
Stevenson and Perkins played all four years under Walton coach Marla Harrell, who is 63-44 in four seasons as the Lady Braves head coach, with Stewart coming in as a transfer this past season.
Stevenson will join a Montevallo squad that went 21-18 last year under first-year head coach Katie O’Brien.
Perkins and Stewart will join a Jefferson Davis squad that struggled to a 7-25 record last year, but does feature former Baker volleyball players Apryl Crawford and Sydney Boutwell. Misti Nims just finished her fifth season at the school as head coach.
Stewart, Perkins and Stevenson all played volleyball and basketball at Walton High School and will graduate on May 29.
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