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CCHS senior Skylar Maxey signs to play volleyball at Newberry

Skylar Maxey signed a NLI to play volleyball for NCAA Division II SAC Newberry College. Pictured: Front (L-R) Wes Maxey, Skylar Maxey, Melissa Hiers, and Ann Hiers. Back (L-R) Coach Jimmy Hiott, Meredith Ware, Jeremy Ware, Bryson Redondo, Coach Todd Litchfield, and Joe Hiers. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Colleton County High School senior Skylar Maxey signed her National Letter of Intent today to play volleyball at Newberry College in Newberry in front of her family, teammates, and friends. The Wolves compete in Division II South Atlantic Conference.

Maxey plays libero and defensive specialist for the Colleton County Cougars. According to Cougar Coach Jimmy Hiott, she can play the front row, but her love is the back row. “Skylar is marketable to colleges because of her competitiveness,” said Coach Hiott. “She is very competitive and wants to win at all costs. She does not quit on a rally; if she needs to run into the stands to get the ball or dive across the floor, she will do everything in her power to make the play.”

“This is an exciting time for Skylar, but also Colleton County High School,” said Hiott. “This is two years in a row we have placed a player in college (Jordyn Litchfield, 2014, Methodist College). For Skylar, it took her playing club volleyball to really know this is what she wanted to do in college. This is an avenue for her to not only play a sport she loves, but to also use it as an opportunity to obtain an education. By being part of a college athletic program, she will receive both assistance and support while obtaining her education. Having this structure around her will only help her become successful in life. I can’t wait to see her put on the uniform for the Newberry College Wolves, which just happens to be my alma mater. Go Newberry!”

Maxey acknowledged the help of both Coach Hiott and former coach, Todd Litchfield. “Both of them have had a huge part in helping me get to where I am today,” said Maxey. “Without them taking the time to be at practices and games, I would not have gained enough ability to be successful in achieving my goal. Coach Hiott went over and above to ensure I could continue to play volleyball. He helped me prepare videos and send in stats, while staying in contact with Coach Hay at Newberry. I owe them a lot of thanks.”

Skylar’s travel club is Branchville-Colleton Juniors Volleyball Club. She has played for this club for two years. She has been coached by Kathleen Stephens (junior year) and currently by Tarshie Burrell, who is also the Head Volleyball Coach at Fort Dorchester High School.

Skylar, who plans to major in psychology and minor in sociology, says she chose Newberry because her dad, Wes Maxey, and her uncle both went there. “It is a beautiful small town, and it makes me feel like I’m home. I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue to play the sport I love,” she said.

Skylar is the daughter of Wes Maxey and Melissa Hiers, both of Walterboro. Her grandparents are Anne and Joe Earl Hiers, and Diane Maxey.


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