Saturday, January 11, 2020 – 12:06 PM
MASON WILKINS | Sports Information Intern
Coach Stacy Middleton has added four new commits to this upcoming year of volleyball that she believes will make a difference in the team.
To start off the introductions, we have Paulina Diaz, a junior transfer from Hesston College, originally from Elkhart, Indiana.
The outside hitter is coming to Bethel from Hesston College as a Top 40 player in the nation in block assists and a Top 25 player in the nation in blocks per set, making what she brings to the table on defense a major asset to the Threshers.
She intends to major in Natural Sciences when she starts in Fall 2020.
Paulina is ready to be a Thresher. “I am very blessed and excited to continue playing the sport I love with such a positive, encouraging and awesome program!”
Coach Middleton is also excited to bring in the transfer junior. “We are proud to announce the signing of Paulina to our program. She brings a huge amount of energy, experience, and versatility to the court. Her athleticism will be a huge asset to our team. She is a great addition to our campus and community. We are thrilled to have her!”
Up next, we have Dalainy Anderson, a 5’3″ incoming freshman from Baxter Springs, Kansas who goes to Baxter Springs High School. Dalainy has already hinted at becoming a Nursing major once she is able to declare.
Dalainy is coming off of a very solid year where she had 434 digs, 21 serve aces, 18 kills, and 368 serve receptions. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity to become a Thresher. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity that I’ve been given.”
Coach Middleton is just as grateful to have Dalainy joining the Threshers next year. “We are excited to have Dalainy joining our program. She brings intensity to the back row and will push to make all our defensive players better. She is a fierce competitor with a strong desire to win. Dalainy is also a high character young woman that will be a great addition to both our campus and our community.”
Also, Coach Middleton added Lynzi Myrick, an outside hitter from Larned, Kansas out of Larned High School. Lynzi is the daughter of Michael and Johanna Myrick.
Lynzi is not only a two-time all-league honorable mention for volleyball, but she is also a two-time powerlifting State Champion. She is a very active student off the court as well. From being a Student Council President, National Honor Society President, and the head of the International Club, Lynzi has also made the honor roll at her school all four years.
Lynzi is enthusiastic when she talks about becoming a Thresher. “I am so excited for this opportunity. I love the game. The coaches, teammates, and the whole place made me feel loved and welcome. It is going to be fun.”
Coach Middleton was all smiles as she spoke about the new Thresher. “We are excited to have Lynzi signing with us. She is a high energy, positive teammate that will bring us depth in the OH position. She is also very versatile and comes with a very coachable attitude. Lynzi will be a great addition to our campus, community, and program.
To wrap up the introductions, we have Harlie Hunton, a 5’11” incoming freshman from El Dorado Hills, California out of Ponderosa High School. She is the daughter of Karen and Glen Hunton.
The incoming Middle Blocker was Foothill Valley League All-League Team during her time at Ponderosa, along with many diverse activities aside from her sport. She was an active member in the Yearbook Club, the Photography Club, and dedicated her time on spring breaks to mission trips to Mexico.
After making honor roll at her high school, Harlie had a conversation with Coach Middleton, and the rest is history. “I am so excited to go to Bethel this Fall. When Stacy and I had our first phone call, I knew that traveling to Kansas was the right choice.”
Coach Middleton could not agree more and is thrilled to have Harlie coming to Bethel next Fall. “We are super excited to have Harlie joining our program. She is a very versatile player that can hit and block from any position in the front row. She works hard both in the classroom and on the court. Harlie is a high character young woman that is going to be a huge asset to this program, campus, and community. She is a perfect Bethel fit and we’re just so happy to have her.”
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