Price Commits to Wheeling Jesuit
When she joined the Paden City high school volleyball team as a freshman, little did Malayna Price realize she would one day be offered a scholarship to play at the next level.
On Wednesday, November 15, at Paden City high school, Price took that next step and signed her letter of intent to showcase her skill for the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals.
Surrounded by her Coaches, Mother, Sister, teammates and the student body, Price, said she was excited to have the opportunity to continue playing the game she has grown to love, while working to achieve her goal of a career in physical therapy.
“I attended girls state last year and it was then that I felt it was the school for me. I loved the campus and found out they have a good program for physical therapist. Having a chance to further my volleyball career really made the difference, I have enjoyed my years of playing for coach King, he has encouraged me to play hard and has trusted me to be a leader. Hopefully that has prepared me for the next step,” said Price.
Malayna has received several honors while performing for the Wildcats. She has been named to the first team of both the OVAC and the Mason Dixon Conference her junior and senior years. She has also been chosen to play in the OVAC All-Star game this year. As a student at Paden City High School, Malayna has carried a 3.7 grade point average and has belonged to several different school clubs.
Her career stats at Paden City are just as impressive as her academics. Stepping into a starting role her sophomore season as the libeiro, Price as recorded nearly 900 career digs while also helping the Cat’s to three Mason Dixon Conference titles and one OVAC championship.
“Malayna, has always been a pleasure to coach, sure there have been times when I have had to be tough as a coach but she understands toughness. She shows it every time she takes the court. I couldn’t ask for a player who wants to win anymore than her. She is a good student, a good athlete and an even better person and I wish her the best of luck as she moves forward with her life,”said coach Fred King.
“Another reason I chose Wheeling Jesuit, is it’s close to home, plus I feel they have a very good volleyball program. I know it won’t be easy but I will put everything I have into it and see where that takes me. Coach King always told us to play tough and give it our best effort and good things will happen. I believe coach King has helped prepare me for college ball, we played great competition and have always been successful. Many times our practices have been tougher than our games, I am excited to have the opportunity.