|Dora's Holt signs to play
Eagle Sports Writer
Published December 08, 2005 9:46 PM CST
Story Courtesy of The Daily Mountain Eagle
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
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
"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."