There was never really a question if Kyra Davis could play college volleyball, it was only a matter of which school she would choose.
Tuesday afternoon the Independence all-stater officially made the move to the next level when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Potomac State.
“I knew I wasn’t completely done yet and if an opportunity to play came up somewhere else, I was definitely going to take it. The coaches are really nice and I am really excited,” Davis said.
Independence head volleyball coach Kevin Bragg is convinced that Davis can be an impact player as soon as she steps on campus.
“I think she can walk right in and play. I have watched a lot of film on Potomac State and I feel like she can play anywhere for them,” Bragg said. “She can set, she can play middle or outside and she can play back row.”
Bragg says one Davis’ biggest strengths over her high school career has been her ability to adapt to anything he threw her way.
“I took her from an outside hitter to a middle (hitter) and, in my opinion, she had her best year last year,” Bragg said. “She may be 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, but she can block with the best of them.”
Like any athlete, Davis has a position she would like to play, but true to what her coach had to say, Davis is willing to play wherever needed.
“I will be fine with wherever they ask me to play. I did list that I was an outside hitter and a back row player,” Davis said. “Hopefully I will have a spot there, but I will also be fine setting or playing right side (hitter).”
While volleyball was a bonus for her, Davis was mainly drawn to Potomac State for the most important reason, academics.
“Another main reason why I wanted to go there was because they have a pre-veterinary program,” Davis said. “I have wanted to be a vet since I was little. I can go there for two years and get an associate degree and then move somewhere else for veterinarian school.”
Davis also believes that Potomac State offers the perfect atmosphere to start her college life.
“I liked it because I really didn’t want to start off at a very big school. It is similar to (WVU) Tech around here and has a hometown feel,” Davis said. “It is up on a hill and the campus is very tight-knit. Everything is close together, so you don’t feel like you will get lost.”
The lone drawback for Davis is the fact that Potomac State is located in the Eastern Panhandle which is obviously not just an a hour or two down the road.
“It’s a pretty hefty drive for sure. I am a little bit nervous and a little bit excited,” Davis said. “I really don’t want to leave my little sister because we have always been so close. I feel like that will be difficult and I know I will feel a little homesick at first, but I do think it will help bring me out of my shell.”