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Claflin inks LHS's Jones

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Lady Bruins' volleyball ace to play for Panthers

By Robert Howey

 

   

The Claflin University volleyball program is on the rise and a Lancaster High School standout athlete will be part of that future.

Quana Jones, a three-year member of the Lady Bruins’ program, has signed to play for the Lady Panthers.

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of that program,” said Jones, who signed with the Lady Panthers in the LHS conference room on Wednesday afternoon. “Claflin’s volleyball program is on the way up.”

The Lady Panthers were 24-6 this season, with a 14-2 record and won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Eastern Division title.

Jones has been a key part of the Lady Bruins’ volleyball program. In her senior season this fall, she was the LHS co-captain.

As the Lady Bruins’ middle hitter this fall, Jones finished the season serving 86 percent, having an attacking average of 15 percent, accumulating a team-high 68 kills, seven assists, 55 digs, 15 aces and 64 blocks.

As a junior, Jones was selected as the team’s Best All-Around Player.

“Quana has had a big impact on our program,” LHS coach Betsi O’Shields said. “I’m happy  she has the chance to continue her education and play volleyball on the next level.

“She is a talented volleyball player and has the ability to contribute at Claflin. Over this season, she was able to grow and learn the game of volleyball with more intensity,” O’Shields said. “This will be beneficial as she goes on to compete at the next level. I feel confident Claflin will be a good home for her. Only having the opportunity to coach Quana two seasons, I have been impressed with her quick adaptation to learning the game of volleyball. She has a good attitude and contributed late into the season with her leadership abilities.

“I’m looking forward to following her career at Claflin,” O’Shields said. “Quana has improved over the last couple of years and she has the potential to be a key player in Claflin’s program. Her signing is good for our program because it gives the younger girls something to strive for in their future.”

Jones, in addition to volleyball, plays for the Lady Bruins’ basketball team where she has earned all-county honors the last two years.

She earned the Lady Bruins’ MVP and an all-region selection in her junior campaign, averaging 8.6 points and 5.5 rebounds for the LHS girls.

Jones is also strong in her schoolwork, sporting a 3.9 grade point average. She is a member of the LHS Beta Club and the National Honor Society.

Jones also serves as the activities coordinator with the school’s student council and the editor of the LHS yearbook, The Rambler which recently was selected as the state’s top annual for the 2009-10 school year.

Jones was also selected the 2010 LHS homecoming queen during LHS homecoming week earlier this fall.

“Quana is very involved with the Lancaster High School community and makes many contributions off the court,” O’Shields said.

“Quana has been a good representative  of the LHS athletic department not only in athletics, but also in academics and club participation,” said LHS athletic director Mark Strickland. “We’re proud of her and wish her the best.”

Jones noted several reasons for signing with Claflin.

“It’s a small, down-home campus, which is what I was looking for,” she said. “They also have a good biology program and I like the ratio between the students and instructors. I feel it will be a good fit for me.”