Trinity’s Davis chooses Guilford
When she came to Trinity, Casey Davis was excited at the opportunity to play on the varsity volleyball team as a freshman. She knew it’d be difficult, but she was willing to undertake the challenge.
Now, four years later, Davis has excelled on the court for the Bulldogs and has the opportunity to step up another level, challenge herself once more and pursue her goal of playing college volleyball with NCAA Division III Guilford College.
“It feels really good,” she says. “I’m really excited about it. I’m a little nervous because I know these girls are at a higher level than I am, especially if they’re seniors. I know that’ll just make me better. But I know this summer I’ll really have to work hard.”
Davis, the daughter of Eric and Lori of Trinity (who both were athletes at Trinity), began playing volleyball in the sixth grade and played two years at Archdale-Trinity Middle School. She tried a variety of sports and activities growing up, and she found volleyball suited her.
“I’ve always been the girl who likes to play the contact sports,” she says, listing T-ball, cheer, gymnastics and dance among the things she tried when she was younger. “But I guess it’s something about the adrenaline I get from volleyball and always being on your toes.
“When I got into high school, it became a little more competitive. Even when we weren’t winning or we were down and losing, I always had a smile on my face. I’ve really enjoyed just being out on the court.”
At Trinity, where she’s also played basketball throughout and soccer for two years, Davis became a key contributor for the Bulldogs. Although she says playing as a freshman was a bit scary, she learned that through passion and hard work, she could play at a high level.
Through her four years, she was selected All-PAC-6 2A all four years, earned her team’s offensive player of the year award as a junior and senior and was chosen her team’s most valuable player as a senior in helping Trinity compete among the conference’s top teams.
“I think it’s her attitude,” coach Sarah Beth Campbell says. “She’s got that go-getter attitude. She’s very coachable. She’s going to listen, whether she agrees or not. She’s just in it for the team. Everyone likes some glory every once in a while. But she’s truly a team player.”
During her senior year, prior to playing rival Wheatmore, a referee asked Davis if she were planning on playing anywhere in college and offered to talk to the Guilford coach about her. From there she got highlight videos together and began seriously thinking about going there.
Although she also considered Pfeiffer and a few other out-of-state girls schools, Davis, following a couple visits to the school to watch matches, meet the team and tour the campus, decided she wants to join the Quakers and coach Emily H. Gann.
“I really like the coach,” says Davis, who wants to study health sciences or exercise sciences and eventually go into orthopedics. “I love the way she coaches, her mentality. I love the campus, and how it’s not too far away from home but just enough to be on my own.”