Washington working hard at Albany State

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Playing college volleyball wasn't high on Kierra Washington's list of goals when she was in high school, but it's become a big part of her life as a student at Albany State University.

Washington, a 2001 graduate of Franklin County High School, was in town this week for the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball tournament. She's a sophomore on the team and a junior academically after red-shirting her freshman year.

"Actually I just wanted to go to school, major in something, be successful and go to work after that," Washington said. "I hadn't thought about playing college volleyball much at all, but now that I have I'm glad I decided to."

The Lady Rams have won the SIAC tournament the past three years, and Washington's been a starter for much of that time at strong hitter.

"She became a permanent starter this year," Albany coach Robert Skinner said. "She was a starter off and on last year, and more on than off.

"She's playing much better this year," he added. "She an intricate part of our offense and one of our best passers on defense."

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