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Brunswick Community College continued stockpiling players for its inaugural season of volleyball with the signing of South Brunswick High School senior Meghan Goldstein on Monday.
A 5-foot-3 setter, Goldstein was a four-time all-conference, three-time all-county and two-time all-region selection. She was named Brunswick County player of the year in 2006.
Goldstein said she had planned to attend either BCC or Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington for two years before transferring to a four-year school.
When BCC coach Stephanie Beach approached her about playing volleyball, her decision became easier.
“It’s a first-year program and they came to me and asked me to be a part of it. I’d like to be part of a first-year program to get it off on the right foot,” Goldstein said.
“It’s definitely a plus. It’s always nice to have someone say they want you to come and run their offense. It’s a great honor and I’m grateful.”
Goldstein averaged 22.1 assists and 4.8 aces as a senior, when she helped lead the Lady Cougars to the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference championship, a 23-5 overall record and a trip to the fourth round of the state 2A playoffs.
“Meghan always works hard. I am extremely proud that she has chosen to play at the next level, especially this close to home,” said South Brunswick volleyball coach Lee Shelton.
“Meghan plays with absolute heart and guts. Her junior year against West Brunswick she suffered a concussion in the second game. She played the third and fourth games, leading South to its first win over West in many years. Taking her out of the game was not an option.”
Beach, who became familiar with her latest recruit while serving as an assistant coach at West Brunswick, said Goldstein is a good addition to the program.
“Meghan is a true quarterback. She is a great offensive leader. I like setters who can tell their hitters what they are going to hit every time before the ball is served. She takes control of her hitters and can place the ball where the hitters need it,” Beach said.
“Meghan brings tremendous leadership and knowledge to the team. She will be able to change up the offense so the opposing team will not know what to expect. Having her on the court will take a lot of pressure off me to call plays.”
Goldstein has been around volleyball her whole life. Her father is a former player and coach.
“I got my first volleyball when I was four months old. I started going to camps in the sixth grade and playing school ball in seventh grade. I played (Junior Olympic) all through high school,” she said.
“My dad’s really big into volleyball. He played in high school and helped coach all my teams.
“I like everything about volleyball. It’s just a group of people working together to put the ball where the other team isn’t. When everything comes together it looks perfect.”
As a setter, Goldstein’s job is to run the offensive attack.
“I try to bring a quick and unexpected offense, not just throw sets high to the outside but run middles and stacks and take a ball and make a play and do the unexpected,” she said.
Goldstein is the third volleyball player to sign with BCC. She joins a recruiting class that includes Oxford Webb’s Kelly Garry and West Brunswick’s Jordan Clear.
Goldstein said is familiar with Clear’s game.
“We played against her and I remember her being a dominating force,” she said. “It’s headed in the right direction. It looks like it’s going to be a really good team so far.”
Doug Rutter is the sports editor at the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or at firstname.lastname@example.org