Surrounded by family and friends at the East Carolina Junior Volleyball Club in Greenville, Hallie Brown made her college decision official.
The senior signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Queens University of Charlotte.
“It’s a feeling of relief just knowing that I know where I’m going,” Brown said. “I’m just relived, relaxed, and ready to have fun.”
Brown has been Queens radar for a while. When she was 16 playing for her travel volleyball team, the coaches at Queens noticed Brown and knew they wanted her on the Royals’ volleyball team.
“I guess they fell in love with me, and they kept in contact ever since,” Brown said. “It helps that I know two of the players, Kayla McDuffie and Alleigh Johnson, that are going to Queens.
“I just love the atmosphere, the small environment. It just kind of clicked.”
Brown’s time in Cougars’ jersey has been phenomenal.
She is a two-time conference player of the year, helped guide the Cougars to back-to-back conference titles and four consecutive appearances in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs.
For her career, Brown has 826 kills, 244 blocks, 178 digs and 193 aces.
“The past four years have been amazing. I’ve been learning about different positions, different people, and I just loved the past four years,” Brown said. “I’ve really had a good career, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Brown’s accomplishments are impressive, considering she only started playing volleyball seven years ago.
And over those seven years, Brown has seen tremendous growth and has blossomed on the volleyball court.
“I went from benchwarmer to actually playing,” Brown said. “In sixth grade, I came out to travel volleyball tryouts, and I hated it at first, and I then I kept working, and now here I am.”
After graduating from college, Brown plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychology and hopes to become a therapist or counselor.