Wright signs with Lady Warrior volleyball

Friday, May 11, 2012
Breanna Wright (center) signs a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Hendrix College Lady Warriors Tuesday at the PHS library. Shown with Wright are, from left: Front--Lady Mohawk head coach Melissa Williams and assistant coach Mandy Dodd. Back--Jonathan Wright, Terri Wright, Gary Wright and Mallory Wright.

PHS senior Breanna Wright has accomplished the goal of nearly every high school athlete. Wright will join the Hendrix College Lady Warrior volleyball team this fall. Wright made the announcement official during a special signing ceremony held Tuesday at the PHS library. Family, coaches, teammates and friends gathered to wish the Lady Mohawk standout well as she readies to begin a new chapter of her life.

Wright was first contacted by Hendrix head volleyball coach Ryan Meek in February. The invitation was seemingly meant to be, as Wright, a co-valedictorian of the PHS Class of 2012, also accepted an academic scholarship to Hendrix.

Coach Meek spoke with Wright about playing as a setter early, with a likelihood of the athletic Lady Mohawk transitioning into a defensive specialist.

"I'm excited about playing at the next level," Wright said. "I've been playing (volleyball) since I was in the seventh grade, and this is something I've dreamed about being able to do."

There is a bittersweet aspect to moving on to Hendrix, located in Conway. Wright has been a four time All-Conference selection for the Lady Mohawks and was also named All-State Honorable Mention as a junior. As a senior, she was also named All-State, chosen to the All-State Tournament Team and will represent Piggott at the senior All-Star game in June. As a Lady Mohawk, Wright has been able to share the court with her sister, Mallory.

"It's tough leaving behind all my teammates, my sister and my family, but at the same time I'm going to a new place where I'll have new teammates and make new friends. So, it's kind of sad, but still exciting."

Wright's contributions have made her an integral part of the Lady Mohawk volleyball program.

"She will be missed," Piggott head coach Melissa Williams said. "Her contributions not just as an athlete, but as a person have meant a lot to the team and the school. She is a great young lady who, along with her three fellow seniors, has been a special part of this team. I know she's going to succeed. I think we'll all be hearing great things about her in the future."

Wright plans to study Biology at Hendrix before moving on to medical school.

Joining Wright at the celebration were her parents, Gary and Sherri Wright, and siblings Jonathan and Mallory.

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