Known for her consistency and team-first attitude through a high school career that included back-to-back district championships in 2013 and 2014, Whitney Stevens wasn’t ready to give up volleyball as she entered college.
Stevens will be able to achieve that goal and continue her volleyball career this fall as a member of the University of the Cumberlands team.
“I liked the small population and the fact it’s a Christian school,” Stevens said of her decision to continue playing in college. “They also have a great volleyball team. I’m excited about meeting new people, and I’m a little nervous.”
Harlan County coach Donna Vicini said Stevens has been a crucial part of the Lady Bears’ success and she’s confident she can contribute on the next level.
“She’s been an excellent player and is a good student,” Vicini said. “She has always been a team player who gets along with everyone. She will be an asset to the University of the Cumberlands. I think she will fit in well.”
The Lady Bears posted a 20-9 record last season, led by Stevens and fellow seniors Lauren Lee and Chyanna Harris. Harlan County won its second straight district title, then defeated Clay County in the opening round of the regional tournament before falling to Whitley County in the semifinals.
“I always wanted to continue playing volleyball because these four years have been great,” Stevens said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done here. It was a great experience.”