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West Brunswick seniors Olivia Babson and Meeka Hewett have signed letters of intent to attend Brunswick Community College and play volleyball.
“They are definitely power hitters and they’re going to bring a lot to that program,” West coach Leslie Reeves said. “They’re good people. They couldn’t ask for two better ones.”
Olivia Babson was first-team all-conference last season. She averaged 13 kills and seven digs.
Reeves said Babson’s timing on her hitting was her best skill.
“She runs a lot slides, a lot of quicks. She can get to a block.
“Her jump serve is one of the best ones. She puts the topspin on it. That’s another bonus.”
Babson has been around volleyball since the third grade. At Waccamaw Elementary School, a coach asked Babson to help with practice.
“I’d go out there and sit with the (players) and run balls for them,” Babson said, laughing at the memory.
She plans to study special education.
Hewett was third-team all-conference. Although not quite 5-foot-5, Hewett was an outside hitter and she averaged eight kills a match. Defensively, she averaged nine digs.
“If you ever see her jump, she’s out of the gym,” Reeves said. “Her vertical reach is phenomenal. She has that athletic ability to put a ball down, and she has put balls down in several games that coaches still remind me about.”
“I will reunite with my favorite teammate,” Hewett said. “Not only my favorite teammate, but a good teammate, Olivia Babson.”
She also thanked Reeves and friend Bey.
Hewett plans to study nursing.
“I think they’ll do great at BCC and I think some (four-year college) will say, ‘We want you to play with us.’ I think they’ll have those opportunities in two years because they’ll put forth the work and the effort to be good.”
Babson and Hewett join a volleyball program in transition. The Dolphins finished 1-18 last year and Justin Hoskins recently was named head coach, the Dolphins’ third head coach in three seasons.
Hoskins joins the Dolphins after one season at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, as the assistant women's volleyball coach.
“Coach Hoskins has a wealth of experience at many levels,” said Robbie Allen, BCC athletic director. “He impressed our search committee with his vision for our program, and commitment to helping players get to the next level.”
While the assistant coach at Morningside, Hoskins coached high school club volleyball with Midwest Volleyball Power, also in Sioux City.
Before coaching at Morningside College, Hoskins was the head volleyball coach at Platteview High School in Springfield, Neb., for two years, while at the same time operating the South Sarpy Volleyball Club.
BCC has shown it has the potential to be a Region 10 power. In 2008, the Dolphins won the NJCAA Region 10 Division II regular-season title, won the region championship tournament and played in the national tournament.