Eastern Wayne senior Bethaney Williams

Eastern Wayne senior Bethaney Williams, left, with her parents after she signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball at Livingstone College. Williams finished her career with 396 digs.

Eastern Wayne senior Bethaney Williams signed her national letter of intent to play volleyball at Livingstone College this fall. She had considered a few other schools, but Livingstone presented her with an opportunity she couldn’t refuse.

“I’m really excited,” said Williams, who plans on majoring in political science. “I visited the campus, I enjoyed it, and I can see a great fit there.”

Williams played three varsity seasons, and was one of Warriors’ leaders during her senior campaign. Williams finished last season with 216 digs, and has 396 digs for her career.

“There was a lot of growth,” said Williams about her time at Eastern Wayne. “I enjoyed growing with my friends and my teammates, and the joy of winning and sometimes losing with them, but it was a great experience.”

She gained a lot of experience playing club ball. For the past three years, Williams played for CSVC — Carolina Shockwave Volleyball Club, and she said the level of competition inspired her to improve her level of play.

Eastern Wayne head coach Anna Hajjar said Williams showed constant leadership on the floor and was always willing to help out her teammates.

“This is a very exciting moment for me,” said Hajjar. “She’s a sponge, any instructions coach Jones and I gave her she would not only just take it, but she would run with it, and she was a great leader.

“She showed great leadership because she loves volleyball, and she wants to get a lot better at it.”

The Blue Bears finished 11-14 last season in the highly-competitive, 13-team Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The addition of Williams to the Blue Bears roster will help the Blue Bears achieve their first winning season since 2014.

“She is going to be a great asset to their team, and I can’t wait to see her play,” said Hajjar.