Friday, June 23, 2023 – 05:30 PM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In less than two months, Stillman College women’s volleyball will return to the court in Birthright Alumni Hall for its second season in the NAIA. In addition to 15 Southern States Athletic Conference matches, Stillman will host home-and-away non conference matches against HBCUs Miles College, Oakwood University, Rust College and Talladega College.
Head Coach Emily Madison announced June 20 that five newcomers (three transfers and two true freshmen) are set to join eight returners to form the Tigers’ 13-player roster.
“I am looking forward to this upcoming fall season, with the high hopes of getting some wins under our belt. We have a full schedule with some non-conference games to start the season to get back in the swing of things and get the girls on the court together,” said Madison, who took over the program in October 2022. “I loved getting to recruit for this season. We got to host a prospect camp that all of our newcomers attended at Stillman. The girls showed very promising skills that will help the team in many way. I am very much excited to see all the talent from the returns and newcomers come together.”
The closest newcomer to home will be Nylah Billingsley of Tuscaloosa, who comes to Stilman from Wallace Community College-Selma. She was second on the team in 2021 with 91 kills and finished her two-year career with 112 kills. She totaled 155 digs, 44 blocks and 155.5 total points in her time with the Patriots. Her career highs were 16 kills and 12 digs as part of a double-double against Bevill State in October 2021. She was also manager of the WCCS women’s basketball team. Billingsley, who graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2021, plans to major in elementary education and minor in business administration.
Morgan Mosley, a 5-foot-6 outside hitter from Trinity, Alabama, joins the Tigers from Gadsden State Community College. In the last two seasons, Mosley collected 66 kills, 13 aces, 16 blocks and 107 digs in 48 career matches. She has been on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, President’s List and Dean’s List during her time at GSCC. Mosley played high school volleyball and basketball for West Morgan High School.
Emily Powell, a 5-foot-4 libero from Clanton, Alabama, is a transfer from Wallace Community College-Selma. She will have a chance to face her former team twice in non-countable contests in August. During the last two seasons, Powell led the Patriots with 521 total digs in 41 matches, playing in every match of the 2021 and 2022 seasons. She posted 361 digs during her freshman campaign. She posted a career-high 31 digs against Coastal Alabama East in September 2021 and six aces at Bevill State in August 2022. Prior to WCCS, she was a Second Team All-Clanton Advertiser selection from Chilton County High School in 2020. Powell plans to major in business administration.
Raine Patterson, a 5-foot-8 middle hitter from Saraland, Alabama, and Michele Threatt, a 5-foot-5 outside hitter from Bessemer, Alabama, are the only incoming true freshmen set to join the team. Patterson was a two-sport star for the Saraland Spartans, also playing power forward on the girls’ basketball team. In her last two seasons, she compiled 516 kills, 136 service aces, 99 blocks and 108 digs. She ranked Top 30 in AHSAA 6A for total blocks (45) in 2022, according to MaxPreps. Her 241 kills as a senior was second on the Saraland roster. Threatt was a three-sport student-athlete (volleyball,women’s basketball and track and field) at Bessemer Academy and advanced to the AISA volleyball state quarterfinals in 2022.
Stillman will also look to return the following players from its 2022 roster: Aeraeonna Manuel, Amaria Price, Anniston Jones, Gracie Fjeldstad, Katelynn Madison, KayDee Bryant, Rebecca Brogden and Madison Bubel.
The 2023 season is set to begin at home on Aug. 17 against Oakwood University.
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