Bearcat volleyball stars sign college papers

bmccormick@heraldonline.comNovember 25, 2013 

Rock Hill’s Christen Bragg (left) and Sutton Alexander will play college volleyball at Coker College and Wofford College, respectively.

BRET MCCORMICK — bmccormick@heraldonline.com

Rock Hill High School volleyball standouts Christen Bragg and Sutton Alexander signed college scholarship papers Monday, ensuring their playing careers will continue in the coming years. For Bragg, that will be at Coker College, while Alexander will play in Spartanburg at Wofford College.

“They have a good chemistry together, and both of them are phenomenal players,” said Rock Hill coach Cindy Elder. “I’m sure they’ll do well at the next level. I’m just excited that they’re going to keep playing.”

The Bearcats went 35-9 this season, including 13-1 in Region 3-AAAA, part of 60 wins for Elder’s team the last two seasons. Bragg, the 2013 Region 3-AAAA Player of the Year and 2012 Herald All-Area Player of the Year, and Alexander were a huge part of that success. Bragg finished the recently completed season with 894 assists, close to eight per set on average, and Alexander was often the recipient of those passes. The senior hitter had 264 kills this season.

“I think being here and being on a successful team definitely helped get my name out there,” said Bragg, who was joined by a number of supporters, including her parents Michelle and Chris Bragg.

The pair, both named All-State this season, played year-round together for Carolina Juniors Volleyball, which helped establish connection between the setter, Bragg, and the finisher at the net, Alexander.

Bragg, who has a 3.7 grade point average, plans to study physical education, possibly to become a teacher. Playing at Division II Coker offers her the likelihood of early playing time.

“I think she’ll be on the floor next year,” said Elder. “They both had a few options but once Christen visited Coker, I don’t know, the coach just really swooned her and she hasn’t looked anywhere else since then. She seems real happy with her decision.”

Alexander, sporting a 4.4 GPA, will major in neuroscience at Wofford, with the goal of attending medical school after she graduates.

“Besides volleyball, I think it’s a great fit for me,” said the daughter of Andi and Craig Alexander.

Elder confirmed with a laugh. “She is a brain, going after the brain.”

Bret McCormick •  803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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