CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern head volleyball coach Christy Mooberry announced the signing of four student-athletes during the early signing period that will join the CSU squad for the 2017 season.
Deona Mims, Hannah Tavares, Kalysia Bates, and Skylar Blackmon have all committed to join the Buccaneers as CSU looks to build off of one of the most successful seasons in program history.
CSU earned the No. 5-seed in this week's Big South Volleyball Championships and will take on Campbell in the quarterfinal round in the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., on Friday afternoon. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m.
Mims signs with the Bucs from Roebuck, S.C. and Spartanburg High School where she contributed on both the outside and the right side. The 6-0 athlete also lined up on the Upward Stars 182 club team. Mims was a four-year All-Conference selection and served as the team captain/speaking captain each of the past two seasons. In addition to volleyball, Mims also starred on the Spartanburg women's basketball team where she set the school record for most blocks. Off the court, Mims was a four-year member of the Beta Club and earned National Honor Society honors for two years.
Mooberry on Mims – "When Deona came on her visit we felt very strongly that she and her family were a great fit for CSU and her athleticism shows in her accomplishments in both sports. Deona will add a strong block as she is currently touching over 10' and we're looking forward to what she has the potential to bring offensively as well."
Tavares signs with the Bucs from Ko'Olina, Hawaii, where she lined up at libero for Hawaii Baptist Academy. She also lined up on the back line for the Spike and Serve VBC 17/18s and the Spike and Serve Beach VBC 18s. For her career, she averaged 10 digs, four assists and two aces per set. In 2016, she was a member of the team that finished fifth out of 69 teams in the open division at the 8th Annual Summer Soire in Los Angeles. She was also a member of the 2015 New City Nissan D2 Hawaii State Championship team. Off the court, she received the Hawaii Baptist Academy Outstanding English 11 Student.
Mooberry on Tavares – "Hannah came to camp this summer and we enjoyed getting to know her. She will be redshirting this first year, but practicing with our current defensive team should be a great growing environment for her and I love the positivity she has for the team and the game."
Bates signs with the Bucs from Phenix City, Ala. where she lined up at middle blocker for Smiths Station High School. She also lined up in the middle for the VolleyOne and Cola-Vol club teams. Over her high school career she averaged 10 kills, four blocks, four aces and one dig per game. She was a two-time selection to the AHSAA 7A Area 4 All-Area Team, and was a two-time Alabama All-Star. In 2016, Bates earned Bi-City Offensive Player of the Year honors. She was also a two-time letter-winner for the SSHS basketball team. Off the court, she was an Honor Roll student.
Mooberry on Bates – "Kalysia stood out to us from the first time we saw her. She is very athletic and I know she'll continue to grow with her club program. We expect Kalysia to make an impact pretty quickly with the program. Kalysia and Skylar both play on a club that won Nationals, that desire and expectation to win is something we want to continue to bring into the program."
Blackmon signs with the Bucs from Columbus, Ga. where she lined up as at libero and defensive specialist for Columbus High School. She also lined up on the back line for the Volley One Academy club team. Over her high school career she played 256 sets and averaged 5.1 digs per set. She recorded 1,310 career digs, 1,094 serve receptions, 116 aces, and 10 kills. Blackmon is a two-time All-Bi-City First Team selection, earning 2016 Defensive Player of the Year honors. In 2016 she was named to the All-Area Team and a Georgia Senior All-Star. She was a member of the 2015 5A State Championship team. Off the court, she earned the Psychology Honors Award and was an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Mooberry on Blackmon – "Skylar impressed us from the beginning. She is a go-getter, which is obvious when you watch her on the court as well as when you look at her already impressive academics in her college level classes, she has been persistent and she knows exactly what she is looking for in a university. I believe Skylar will be a strong leader, a solid example on and off the court, and add depth to our defense."