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April 19, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Patriot pride

Caitlyn Culp heading to Arlington Baptist

EUSTACE — For Eustace Ladydog senior Caitlyn Culp, making the transition to college volleyball was a pick that felt like family.

Culp signed a college letter of intent to Arlington Baptist College Friday.

“I had gone to other colleges and tried out but they did not stick out like a family,” Culp said. “When I went to Arlington Baptist, coach (Kristi) McDaniel just welcomed me with open arms and I was getting texts from the other girls asking me when I was coming back.”

The Lady Patriots finished last season with a 23-14 record in the National Christian College Athletic Association conference. They were also the regional champions in the Division II national tournament.

“I did not even know about the record until after I had tried out and she told me that she was interested in me,” Culp said. “She told me how they went to nationals but mostly it was the personality of the players and the coaches that got me interested.”

McDaniel said after the loss of her only senior at middle blocker during the offseason, Culp will be looked at to fill in the gap.

“I lost my senior middle blocker so I told her that I expect her to step right in,” McDaniel said. “We expect her to give us everything that my senior gave us and I am looking forward to it.”

Culp was the 2014 Athens Review All-Henderson County Offensive Player of the Year.

She finished with 396 kills, 72 blocks and 91 service aces as the LadyDogs co-captain.

She said making the move to middle blocker will not be an issue.

“I am hoping to start next year but nothing is guaranteed,” Culp said. “Yes, it will be comfortable since up until my senior year, I had always played middle blocker until this year when I had played outside hitter.”

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