Volleyball Announces Four Newcomers for 2019


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba College Director of Volleyball, Patrick Nicholas, has announced four newcomers that will be joining the indoor program for the fall of 2019. Committing to Catawba is Colby Crater, of Yadkinville, N.C., Ashley Johnson, of Lexington, N.C., Elizabeth Kellum, of Jacksonville, N.C., and Sydney Snyder, of Charlotte, N.C.

Crater is a 5-11 middle from Forbush High School. She is a three-time all-conference performer and earned all-tournament honors as a freshman and a senior. She helped the Falcons to a conference title as a senior and was named the WPAC Player of the Year. Her aunt, Sara Gilliam Crater, also played volleyball at Catawba. Played club with Twin City Volleyball Academy.

Johnson is 6-1 middle from West Davidson High School. She is a three-time all-conference selection and was the Central Carolina Conference Player of the Year in 2018. Johnson helped the Dragons to three conference titles and a state runner-up finish as a senior.

As a senior, Johnson led the CCC with 440 kills and totaled nearly 1,200 in her career with a career best of 23 in the state semifinals. She was also tops in the conference in blocks three seasons, finishing with 313. She also posted 146 aces. Played with High Rock Volleyball Club.

Kellum, is a 5-11 setter and hitter from Jacksonville High School. She was named all-conference four seasons and was the 2018 Coastal 3A Conference Player of the Year. Kellum was twice named Area Player of the Year and as all-region as a senior. She helped the Cardinals to a conference volleyball title and a state runner-up finish in basketball. Kellum was also an All-State softball player. Played club with Carolina Shockwave, which was also the East Coast Volleyball Academy and the Cape Fear Volleyball Club).

Snyder is a 5-2 libero from Olympic High School. She was an all-conference selection as a junior. Snyder was also named team MVP for the Trojans. She was in the science and national honor societies. Played her club with the Carolina Volleyball Club.

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