S-C’s Lyles to Play Volleyball at Mo Valley
Smith-Cotton High School senior Isabelle Lyles has accepted an athletic scholarship to play volleyball at Missouri Valley College in Marshall.
Lyles, the daughter of Beth and Ben Lyles, was a four-year varsity letter winner for the Smith-Cotton volleyball team, earning Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-District honors.
She was the Lady Tigers’ team captain for two seasons. She also played for Central Elite Volleyball Club and was coached by Hannah Summitt. Her S-C activities and honors include serving as Senior Class Queen, being a member of National Honor Society and the A Honor Roll, earning an academic letter, and being president of the Teen Activist Club.
Diane Shipley, Smith-Cotton volleyball head coach, said: “Isabelle has grown from a consistent, no-error player as a freshman to a hardworking go-to player in high school to finish the play. She isn't only a great all-around volleyball player, but a great leader, student-athlete, person, and teammate. She will be a great asset to Mo Valley volleyball and the school. Smith-Cotton will miss her."
Missouri Valley Volleyball Head Coach Brett Holt sees Lyles having an impact right away.
“I think she is going to bring a lot of hard work and dedication,” Holt said. “On the skills side, she is going to be able to compete right away as an incoming freshman for a varsity spot based on her skill set: defense, serve/receive, and just overall court awareness."
While Lyles excels on the court, Holt said her strengths in academics and activities were
important, as well.
“For sure, volleyball is a piece of it, but we have very high expectations in the classroom, building student-athletes who are going to be successful after volleyball and school is over -- being a good person on campus and in the community,” Holt said.
In the photo:
Smith-Cotton High School senior Isabelle Lyles has accepted an athletic scholarship to play volleyball at Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Seated with her are her parents, Beth and Ben Lyles; back, from left: S-C Assistant Principal Joe Doyle, Missouri Valley Volleyball Head Coach Brett Holt, Missouri Valley Volleyball Assistant Coach Karen Souza, Smith-Cotton Volleyball Head Coach Diane Shipley, and S-C Athletic Director Rob Davis.