Volleyball: Warner, Powell sign to continue heralded careers

Posted: November 8, 2017 at 7:55 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Two of the most decorated players in the history of Arkansas high school volleyball signed letters of intent to continue their careers Wednesday afternoon.

Seniors Ella May Powell and Haley Warner signed with Washington and Florida, respectively, at a ceremony in Bulldog Arena. Powell exits the program with the most assists in school history (3,915) while Powell ranks first in career kills (2,089). They also led Fayetteville to three consecutive 7A state championships.

"I'm out of words with how excited I am," Powell said. "I'm stoked to go to a place where I am so comfortable and so encouraged. Whenever I went on my visit there I completely fell in love with it. The coaches and the girls there made me feel so welcomed and made me feel so wanted. I just know I'm going to be happiest there."

In her senior season Warner finished with a career-high 669 kills and a 51.3 kill percentage.

"Everything I've been working for is finally happening and it's all together," said Warner, a two-time 7A state tournament Most Valuable Player. "I think it's a really special day for everyone that signed. Passion is a really big thing for me and Ella, and I think by showing the underclassmen how we play and how to play college volleyball (was important)."

Sports on 11/09/2017