Brown signs for VolleyballJan 21, 2022
From our friends at The Stokes News:
WALNUT COVE — South Stokes’ Alexandria Jade Brown, better known as “AJ”, signed her national letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Rockingham Community College on Friday.
“I’m excited,” said Brown. “I started talking to coach Hannah (Griffin), my current travel ball coach about college opportunities and where I wanted to go. She mentioned Rockingham Community College, so I went to a couple of clinics and coach (Carrie) Wilson asked me to sign.”
Brown played volleyball at South Stokes and helped the Sauras to the first round of the state playoffs. She currently plays travel ball for the Hurricane Volleyball Club. Before playing with the Hurricanes, Brown played club volleyball for the past six years with Champion Volleyball, four of those with former Saura coach volleyball Cecil Morris.
“I’m very excited for her,” said Coach Griffin. “This is our first club season together and I’m thrilled to have her. She is willing to learn any skill set and she works really hard at any position you put her at. AJ is very goal oriented and is very mature for her age and she will do well at Rockingham Community College.”
“AJ is a great, great player that is always smiling and happy,” added Coach Morris. “You could never tell the score of a game based off her face. She is consistent at what she does and is a good teammate. You need those players that have a good attitude and lift other teammates up. She is always going to be happy on the floor no matter where we played her and she is going to give YOU 100 percent.”
Wilson is entering her second season with the Eagles and expressed the same sentiments that Griffin and Morris had said about what type of person and player Brown can be.
“I looked and found her film and then we got her in here with the Hurricane Volleyball Club in person during a couple of clinics,” said Wilson. “When I saw her, her skill set was outstanding, she has a beautiful arm, and I’m excited to have her on the front row for us. I know she is going to be reliable and she will scare the other team. That makes me excited! I can’t wait to get her in here with the rest of the team. She has a great personality with a great work ethic and those kids are the backbone of the team.”
Brown already has college credits from being a freshman at Stokes Early College before transferring to South Stokes because she missed athletics. She has also picked up credits from the welding classes she has taken at Forsyth Tech. Brown is in her second semester at Forsyth Tech, while still attending South.
Brown says she enjoys archery, playing softball and volleyball, and racing cars at Farmington and Morrisville racing tracks. Brown is a member of FFA, the Junior National Honor Society and the Friendship Baptist Church Youth Group.
She will continue her love for welding as she will major in welding technology.
Brown is the daughter of Stephen Holmes and Kandice Brown of Walnut Cove.
“We are very excited for her,” said her mother. “I’m nervous and shocked all at the same time. I like (Rockingham) because it’s small and has what she wants to do with her career. She’s close to home and it fits her perfectly.”
Rockingham Community College plays in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and is a member of Region X Division III Western Carolina Conference.
By Robert Money Jr., The Stokes News