Lady Raider to play volleyball for Milligan College
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Dec 08, 2013 | 607 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CLEVELAND’S MARISSA LANGFORD will continue her volleyball career at Milligan College next year. Seated from left to right are; Lauren Langford, Stephanie Boyd, Marissa Langford and Howard Langford. Standing from left to right, are; Brandi Ownby, Daniel Millsaps, Amy McGowan, Cleveland head coach Patricia Flowers, David Shumaker and Milligan head coach Doneva Bays.
Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
CLEVELAND’S MARISSA LANGFORD will continue her volleyball career at Milligan College next year. Seated from left to right are; Lauren Langford, Stephanie Boyd, Marissa Langford and Howard Langford. Standing from left to right, are; Brandi Ownby, Daniel Millsaps, Amy McGowan, Cleveland head coach Patricia Flowers, David Shumaker and Milligan head coach Doneva Bays. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Cleveland senior Marissa Langford’s standout volleyball season was capped off when she signed with Milligan College on Friday.

“It’s really exciting and I can’t really put it all into words. I’m glad that I finally got what I wanted, which was to sign and play volleyball in college. That’s come true now and it feels great,” Langford declared. “I looked at a lot of different schools but Milligan stood out more. I like more of the private, Christian school feel and they have a great nursing program. The coaches are very nice and I liked the girls on the team.”

Cleveland head coach Patricia Flowers, who has worked with Langford since she was in sixth grade, feels that the Milligan signee still has more to offer on the court.

“She has improved drastically over the course of her volleyball career and I think she still has a lot more to offer,” Flowers stated. “She stands out. There hasn’t been a game that we’ve gone to where someone hasn’t complimented Marissa on her vertical or hitting. I see her starting out pretty strong at Milligan and earning some playing time as a freshman.”

The Lady Raiders saw their 22-22 season come to a close in the District 5-AAA semifinals against Ooltewah.

While the season may have had its ups and downs, the 5-foot-10 outside hitter/middle blocker’s stats for the 2013 season alone are enough to make her stand out from the crowd. Langford racked up 613 kills, 436 digs, 378 receptions, 46 blocks and 32 aces this year alone.

Langford’s athleticism was a key factor in attracting an offer from the college.

“She’s a phenomenal volleyball player with a lot of athletic talent that can really take us to another level. She’ll be a great fit for us athletically as well as spiritually,” Milligan head coach Doneva Bays explained. “I always tell the kids that I don’t guarantee playing time, however with Marissa’s athletic ability and with what the team needs, there is definitely an opportunity for her to start for us and get some time during her freshman year.”

Langford will be joining former teammate Jessica Davenport up near Johnson City when she dons the Lady Buffaloes colors next year.

“Jessica Davenport is my current setter, and she is a Cleveland High School graduate, so it’s nice to get them back together and playing on the same court,” Bays said.

The volleyball signee feels that she will be able to impact the team.

“I feel like I can contribute a lot. I will go out there and give it my best to help them out,” Langford said.