FMU Volleyball adds pair of Division I transfers

FMU Volleyball adds pair of Division I transfers

Francis Marion University volleyball coach Lauren Baufield has announced the addition of a pair of NCAA Division I transfers to the Patriot program for 2019: 5-10 outside and right-side hitter Adison Minor of Blountville, Tenn., and 6-2 middle blocker Lily Walton of Charlotte, N.C.

Minor and Walton will enroll at FMU and suit up for the Patriots this coming fall, with both having three years of eligibility.

Minor spent her freshman year at East Tennessee State University, where she played for a Buccaneers squad that went 28-7 overall, claimed the Southern Conference regular season title with a 15-1 mark, and reached the NCAA Tournament last fall. In 14 matches, she totaled six digs, a pair of service aces, and one kill.

She is a graduate of Tennessee High School in Bristol, Tenn., where she lettered all four years under coach Mary Johnson. As a senior, Minor was selected to the All-State and All-Region teams, and was named Miss Offense for the second consecutive year. She was a first-team All-Conference selection as a junior. For her high school career, she tallied 918 kills.

Minor was also a two-time All-Conference selection and four-year letter winner for the Vikings' basketball team, as well as a three-year member of the National Beta Club.

"Coming from a program which was extremely successful this past fall, Adison will be able to contribute immediately to her teammates' level of dedication and hard work they all have been working on," Baufield said. "With her heavy arm and extremely commanding athletic presence, she will bring a different dynamic to our gym and will challenge us to be better. What I truly love about Adison is that she is a fierce competitor who loves to win."

Walton joins the Patriots after playing her freshman season at North Carolina A&T State University. She played in all 26 matches, including 25 starts, for an Aggies' squad that went 14-12 and reached the MEAC Tournament championship match. She led N.C. A&T in blocks with  65 (0.7/set), added 112 kills (1.3/set), and finished second on the team with 29 service aces. She averaged 2.05 points per set and registered a .206 attack percentage.

She lettered all four years at Charlotte Christian School while playing under the direction of coach Sam Franklin. Walton registered more than 300 combined kills and nearly 100 blocks over her junior and senior seasons, and received second-team All-CISAA honors after both campaigns. She also recorded 153 service aces as a senior.

Walton played her club volleyball for Carolina Union Volleyball and was a four-year honor roll student.

"We are getting a steal in Lily," Baufield said. "She has a physical and dominating presence on the court, as well as an on-court personality that is intimidating. Lily has great skills in the front court, especially with her blocking, and can see where the ball is going before it happens. With the training she has been exposed to already, she understands the level of training it takes to succeed. She will arrive with the ability to make an impact on our gym immediately, and push her teammates to compete at their best."

Baufield previously announced the signing of 5-11 outside and right-side hitter Brittany Sehnke of Florence, S.C., and 5-10 middle blocker Madeline Winning of Pfafftown, N.C. 

Francis Marion loses only two seniors off this past fall's 13-15 squad that produced a four-win improvement over the 2017 campaign.