Carbon Hill’s Evans, Martin sign with MUW

Volleyball players pick Mississippi University for Women

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 3/3/19

CARBON HILL — A pair of Carbon Hill volleyball athletes are heading to Mississippi to continue their playing careers.

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Carbon Hill’s Evans, Martin sign with MUW

Volleyball players pick Mississippi University for Women

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CARBON HILL — A pair of Carbon Hill volleyball athletes are heading to Mississippi to continue their playing careers.

Both Lacey Evans and Abby Martin signed with the Mississippi University for Women (The ‘W’) on Monday.

Evans and Martin have been part of the resurgence of Carbon Hill’s volleyball program over the last four years culminating with a runner up finish in Class 3A in 2018. The team finished with a 65-7 record on the season.

The Bulldogs amassed a 266-38 record with three Elite Eight State Tournament appearances over the last four years.

“The ‘W’ is gaining two outstanding volleyball players, but more importantly they are adding girls that are great individuals off of the court. They will succeed academically and athletically,” said Saige Beaty, who coached both girls for the last four years. “They are both hard workers and have always played with the interest of the team first, which has greatly contributed to the success of the Carbon Hill volleyball program the last four years.”

Both Evans and Martin contributed across the board for the Bulldogs. Evans had 424 kills, 673 digs, 322 assists, 116 aces and 31 blocks while Martin added 194 kills, 370 digs, 44 assists, 56 aces and 40 blocks.

Evans was the first of the two to make a decision.

“They came and watched one of our games. The coach emailed me and we went on a visit a couple of months ago. I really liked it. It’s nice and the coach was really sweet,” Evans said.

Roxanne Hernandez has coached the Lady Owls for the last two seasons.

Martin took a little longer to make her choice.

“Coach Beaty texted me one day and asked how I felt about playing at the next level. It took a lot of thinking about it,” said Martin, who made her decision after Christmas. “I did question it for a little while, but I really love (volleyball) so I might as well keep it going. I thought the campus was really nice and the coach was awesome. Playing with Lacey is probably the best part about this. We got close this year and she became one of my really good friends.”

Evans and Martin both enjoyed their four years at Carbon Hill.

“It was great. I wouldn’t change a thing about it,” Evans said.

“We’ve had our ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade my team for anything,” Martin added.

Mississippi University for Women, located in Columbus, Miss., competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association and is making the transition to Division III.