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Dora's Holt signs to play at Faulkner
RUSSELL MOORE
Eagle Sports Writer
Published December 08, 2005 9:46 PM CST

This Story Courtesy of The Daily Mountain Eagle
Kimber Holt knew she wanted to continue her volleyball career collegiately.
She made it official on Thursday as the state's all-time kills leader signed a letter of intent to join the Faulkner University Lady Eagles (Montgomery).
The decision was a sigh of relief for Holt as she chose Faulkner over playing in Huntsville at UAH.
"I went there and had a real good experience. The team was nice and they treated me better than anybody I'd went too," Holt said. "I'm very excited and I don't have to worry about it anymore."
Faulkner is excited to have her too.
"She's one of our number one recruits and our first one to sign and we are extremely excited about her playing for us," said Faulkner head volleyball coach Tori Bartels. "I saw her play in August and we've been heavily recruiting her since August. We thought she was the best fit for us and she's going to be able to come in and do a great job for us right away."
If Holt's high school career is any indication, the Lady Eagles are in line for a treat.
Earlier this year, Holt led Dora to a 33-12 record and surpassed the state's all-time kills record in the process. She finished her career with 2,488 kills after compiling approximately 700 kills as a senior, 626 as a junior, 695 as a sophomore and 495 as a freshman.
The previous kills record was 2,282 set by Pelham's Jeni Jones from 1992-94.
"Knowing that she has broke the record gives her ties to Alabama and it's just going to be a great opportunity for her to continue her college career in Alabama as well," Bartels said.
Holt and the Lady Bulldogs were area champions, placed second to Curry in the county tournament and fell just shy of earning a state tournament invitation under first-year head coach Brian Keeton.
"They (Faulkner) are getting a good kid plus a good player. She always gives everything she has, which is a 100 percent," Keeton said. "She's the type of person who will work as hard as she can to where she needs to be.
"She's a hard worker and has great talent and when you put that together you have a great player."
Holt will join a Faulkner club that went 24-24 this year and participates in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
The conference includes Auburn-Montgomery and Lee University in Tennessee and is a member of NAIA.
"Our record this year doesn't reflect how well our season was," Bartels said. "We definitely are a competitive team and Kimber is going to be able to push us even further."
Bartels is banking on Holt making an immediate impact at Faulkner.
"She'll be replacing both of my senior middles that are graduating and we are definitely excited about that," Bartels said. "She's going to be an impact player for us and will be able to come in her freshman year and definitely make a statement."
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