Combs signs as first recruit for Votaw's 2012 class By Sports Information Department BC | November 10, 2011 | RSS Bluefield College Athletics Sports Information Department Bluefield, Virginia The Bluefield College women’s volleyball team has signed its first recruit for the 2012 season with the addition of Colby Combs, who has decided to further her education at Bluefield College and continue her volleyball career with the Lady Rams. Combs, a 5-foot-11 middle hitter from Vilas, North Carolina, was a three-year starter and two-time Conference Offensive Player of the Year at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina. Combs led the Pioneers to 22-8 overall record this season, and a trip to the final four at the 4A level in North Carolina (highest division). This was one of the best postseasons for the Lady Pioneers since 1998. As a senior, she pounded 310 kills, to go with 77 service aces and 51 blocks. "We are excited that Colby is joining the Lady Rams volleyball program,” said Bluefield College coach Brian Votaw, who is in his first season as the head coach at Bluefield. “She has an incredible arm swing and a tremendous vertical with great hang time. ”She represents outstanding quality no matter how you look at it. She is a quality young woman, an excellent student, has a great personality and is a very skilled volleyball player.” "Colby is a rare find at this level. She has all the components to be a successful college middle hitter,” Votaw continued. "She has prepared well for college volleyball between her high school and club experiences. We look for her to come right in and play right away at the middle hitter position. She is probably one of the top 50 middle hitters I have seen coming out of high school. We are glad that both of our paths crossed and that she is going to be a Lady Ram. We look forward to her contribution to our team while we build this program.” In addition to playing volleyball at Watauga High School, Combs was a member of student council, church youth group and athletes for good club. "There are several reasons why I chose Bluefield College” said Combs of her college choice. "First and foremost are the size and atmosphere of the school. I wanted to go to a small school that had a family type of atmosphere and Bluefield has that.” "Combs states that she is very excited to be attending Bluefield College in the Fall to play. The volleyball program and the campus are the right fit for me.” Combs, who will study sports medicine at Bluefield, will play with Club Synergy to keep her sharp until next fall. Watch Video HERE of her signing day in North Carolina.