University of Rio Grande volleyball head coach Billina Donaldson has announced the signing of Eastern High School’s Chandler Brown for the 2013 season.
Brown, a 5-foot-7 outside hitter, was a major contributor for head coach Janet Day’s Eagles, who finished the 2012 campaign at 27-1 after losing to to eventual state runner-up Kidron Central Christian in the Ohio Division IV state semifinals.
Brown ranked second on the team in digs with 213 and led the squad with 85 service aces.
“Chandler is a small outside hitter who reminds me a lot of (recently graduate All-Mid-South Conference performer) Whitney Smith. She jumps well and hits well, but I think her strongest game is defense,” Donaldson said. “Chandler reads the other team’s hitters very well and she’s also super quick. She gets to many balls in the back row that other players tend to let go.”
Brown earned first team All-Southern Ohio Conference and first team All-Southeast District honors, as well as being named an honorable mention All-Ohio selection.
“I’m very happy to be signing with Rio Grande,” said Brown, who plans to major in Nursing. “I knew a little bit about the school, like that it had a good nursing program. But the coaches, the location of the school and the size of the school were the things that really helped me to decide on going there.”
Brown, who also received interest from Shawnee State, will be reunited with her Eastern High teammate Miranda Clark, who has also signed with Rio Grande.
Donaldson said she thinks that Brown is the kind of player that the RedStorm faithful will rally behind the minute they see her play.
“I’m hoping to see Chandler turn into a defensive power. We all know that offense wins the crowds, but defense wins the titles and that is what we are looking for,” said Donaldson. “I think the community of Rio Grande will really fall in love with this kid. She’s a hard worker who is all about the team. She also has the experience of knowing how to win the big games.”
For Brown, the focus is simply on getting better each day.
“I just want to improve my all-around play,” she said. “My speed and my jumping ability are probably the best parts of my game, but there’s always room to improve in every aspect.”
Brown is the daughter of Roy and Pam Brown of Stockdale, Ohio.