By Charlie Bergmann

Sandhills Community College

The Sandhills Community College volleyball program recently announced the addition of two new recruits. That brings the 2021 recruiting class for coach Alicia Riggan to four.

The newest additions to the program are briefly profiled below.

Brooke Anne Fryar

Riggan liked what she saw in Fryar when her Ronald Reagan High School team competed against favored Pinecrest in a first-round state playoff volleyball match last October. 

Pinecrest, then 25-1, defeated the team from Pfafftown in a five-set thriller that wasn’t decided until the 21st point. The Raiders of the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference completed their season with a record of 15-13 under Coach Doug Balser.

“We were immediately interested in her natural ability,” Riggan said of the 5-foot-9 outside hitter/right-side. “She has a heavy arm swing and was very aggressive with her placement.

“I love that she wants the ball in tight situations and we saw that with the game at Pinecrest.”

The daughter of Brooke Fryar and Chandra Stevens began playing volleyball in the eighth grade and spent three seasons with the Champion Volleyball Club in Winston-Salem. She plans to major in general education at Sandhills.

Fryar indicated she selected Sandhills because of the interest shown in her as a player and because of how close the team is with each other.

Mariah Daffron

Daffron of Voyager Academy in Durham has committed to join the Sandhills Community College volleyball program this fall.

The 5-foot-2 libero/defensive specialist was a member of a Vikings squad coached by Shelley Dowaliby that competed in the North Central 1-A Conference and compiled an overall record of 16-6.

Daffron is also a member of the Carolina Chaos 18 Royal team coached by Abby Hooker. She was MVP of the Monument City Classic held in Richmond, Va., in January.  A teammate, Mya Mallard, signed with the Lady Flyers in March.

The daughter of Missy and Doug Daffron has been playing volleyball since the eighth grade. She plans to major in cosmetology. She indicated she chose Sandhills because of its gorgeous campus, its perfect size and because it felt like being a part of a family.

“We’re excited to have Mariah join our program,” Riggan said. “She is extremely fast and vocal on the court. She doesn’t mind laying out for a ball at any time.

“She has an aggressive serve as well. Having played with another teammate they both will bring chemistry to our Flyer Program.”

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