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The Wallace State volleyball tradition stretches back more than 20 years ago, when it was introduced at the school in 1989. Over the years, the program has received 21 Coach of the Year awards, while producing 15 conference MVPs and seven All-Americans.
Wallace State volleyball teams have earned conference/district championships 17 times, earning them 14 appearances at the National Tournament. Numerous members of the program have continued their athletic and academic careers after signing with 4-year institutions.
Wallace State volleyball continued to dominate its state counterparts during the 2013 season, winning its fifth consecutive Alabama Community College Conference/Region 22 tournament championship and sixth ACCC regular-season championship.
The Lions finished with a 30-17 record in 2013, making their fifth straight appearance at the NJCAA national tournament under coach Randy Daniel and 14th overall.
Wallace State's success in 2013 was sparked by excellent sophomore leadership from Kianna Delaney, a NJCAA honorable mention All-American, and by solid contributions from an abundance of freshmen. Delaney, a Tennessee native, had an exceptional sophomore campaign. She was named the 2013 ACCC/Region 22 Player of the Year and the ACCC/Region Tournament MVP. During the regular season, Delaney led the conference in three categories, tallying 485 kills, 137 blocks and 3.03 kills per set. She was also third in the conference with a .334 hitting percentage.
Freshman BreAnna Thompson was also a catalyst for Wallace State all season. The Piedmont native was an All-ACCC/Region 22 1st-team selection after finishing second in the conference with 421 kills, while also adding 80 digs. Fellow freshmen Syretha Pride and Bethany Johnson were both ACCC/Region 22 second-team members. Pride led the conference with a .399 hitting percentage and also finished with 319 kills and 74 blocks. Johnson was third in the conference and on the team with 393 kills. All three freshmen were also named to the conference All-Tournament team along with newcomer Kaci Kirk, who finished the season with 443 assists.
Other valuable contributors to Wallace State's success during the 2013 season were Montana Clark (301 digs, 226 kills), Payton Norris (413 digs), Taylor Traglia (543 assists,) Nicole Penny (460 assists), Blaise Brown, Olivia Walker, Lynlee Taylor, Rosemary Wendel and Kaitlin Hooper.
From 2009-13, Wallace State volleyball produced an honorable mention NJCAA All-American each season. Kianna Delaney earnred the recognition in 2013, Erica Baker in both 2011 and 2012, Lesley Bemis did in 2011, Taulise Dunklin in 2010 and Cassie Daniels in 2009. In 2010, Wallace State put together a school-record 53 wins and set single-season team marks in kills, assists, digs and blocks.
Coach Daniel, the 2011 ACCC Coach of the Year, has established Wallace State volleyball as a perennial state and national power, compiling a 258-58 career record in seven seasons with the program.
Under Daniel, Wallace State compiled records of 30-17 in 2013; 33-8 in 2012; 42-5 in 2011; 53-3 in 2010; 34-6 in 2009; 42-6 in 2008 and 24-13 during Daniel's inaugural season in 2007.
Daniel has coached five ACCC "Player of the Years", five ACCC Tournament MVPs, five NJCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans and 42 All-Region players in seven seasons. Prior to Daniel's tenure at Wallace State, he spent 10 years coaching in the high school ranks. He won a state championship in 2001 at Winston County High School and finished runner-up in 2003. His former players currently hold numerous records in the AHSAA statistical categories, and many others are ranked very highly.
Coach Daniel has a B.S. degree in Comprehensive Science from The University of Alabama and a Master's degree in Education from Montana State University. In addition to coaching the Lady Lions, he teaches geology for Wallace State.
Jessica Coombs, a former Wallace State star from Terre Haute, Ind., served as assistant coach in 2013. Coombs put together a stellar two-year career at Wallace State (2011-12), helping the Lions win two state championships and make back-to-back appearances at the NJCAA national tournament. Coombs was the 2012 conference tournament MVP and a 1st-team All-Region selection after setting school records for most digs in a single season (650) and career (965).
Coach Randy Daniel