Walker Valley senior Bristol Snider has decided to play volleyball for Lincoln Memorial University next year and transition from Lady Mustang to Lady Railsplitter.
Snider is the second Walker Valley senior to sign with the NCAA Division II school, with left-handed pitcher and outfielder Drew Lyles having signed with LMU last month.
For the senior setter, the decision to become a Lady Railsplitter came easy after Snider took a trip to Harrogate to visit the school and meet with the team.
“I’m really, really excited because as soon as I went to the school I liked it. The volleyball is just like the cherry on top. As soon as I met all of them I knew it was the right place for me to go,” Snider explained.
Snider had the chance to practice with the team and get to know her future teammates, and feels that a successful team chemistry is there.
“I feel that since we get along together as people and on the court, I can help out.”
In her senior season Snider had 330 assists and 250 digs. Snider also had the most kills this past season with 289.
Snider’s signing marks Walker Valley coach Judy Pruett’s second player signing to play at the college level this year. Eryn Walker signed with Bryan College.
“I’m really proud of Bristol. I’ve coached her for the last seven years and she works really hard and is a great athlete. I’m sure she’ll work hard, play, and do well up there,” Pruett said. “She’s very outgoing and she has a great personality. I know that it’s a good decision.”
Snider is looking forward to joining a team that has seen great improvements as of late.
“They’ve been progressing a lot these past few years and I’m excited to have the chance to progress with them and help them succeed in the future.”
Lincoln Memorial had an overall record of 21-14 this past season and made it to the quarterfinal round of the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament, where it ultimately lost to Tusculum College.