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Senior McKenna Griffin’s varsity and junior varsity athletic background at Wilson Christian Academy includes seven years of softball, four years of volleyball and four years of girls basketball.
She’s not through.
And volleyball will be her sport of choice at Louisburg College of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II ranks.
In a recent school ceremony before family and teammates, Griffin, the daughter of Michelle Pittman and Greg Griffin, signed to accept an athletic and academic package with the Hurricanes.
“I have played softball since I was 5 years old, and I have pretty much burned out on it,” the 5-foot-9 Griffin explained. “I started playing volleyball when I was in the sixth grade, I loved it and wanted to play more.”
Griffin, age 18, also visited Barton College and Greensboro College. She possesses a 4.1 grade-point average and plans to pursue a degree in sports management. She is the first Wilson Christian volleyball player to earn a college opportunity during the four-year tenure of head coach Ryan Vanderboegh.
“I’m pretty excited,” Vanderboegh assured, “and I think she will do well. She understands it’s going to be a big step. But she has really grown as a player.”
Expressed Griffin: “I knew I wanted to keep playing sports. I like a small college and Louisburg is small enough. It feels like home. And I didn’t want to leave too far away from home. All of Louisburg’s athletics are successful and excellent.”
Upon completing two years at Louisburg, Griffin intends to transfer to a four-year program. Barton College is among the leading choices.
Her mother is not only a Barton College graduate but starred in women’s basketball there and is enshrined in the Barton College Athletics Hall of Fame. McKenna acknowledges Barton is her mother’s preferred choice for completing her education.
Griffin, in her senior season, paced the Lady Chargers with 213 kills and 108 net points. She amassed 38 aces, 43 digs and 10 solo blocks. With Griffin in the role of a leader and handling the middle hitter position, Wilson Christian posted an 18-2 record and reached the North Carolina Christian Schools Associatio 2-A state semifinals.
“She took on a leadership role and got hungrier to be good the last two years,” Vanderboegh noted. “To see her get fired up and hungry to win was fun to watch.”
Griffin intends to work out numerous times weekly in readying for the next level. She expects to shift to the outside-hitter position.
“I plan on being a better hitter,” she expressed. “I’m decent but I want to be better. I’ve got to get my legs stronger.”
Griffin understands the impact of being gifted to the point that athletics will help her continue her education.
“I feel blessed,” she declared. “Not everybody has this opportunity. I hope I can bring athleticism, a bright spirit and energy to the program.”
And as Vanderboegh observed: “If she takes after her mother, she will go places.”