Parker signs with Bethel

Lawrence County senior Libero Sami Parker signed with Bethel out of Tennessee last Thursday in a ceremony held at Lawrence County High School in the gymnasium. 

One of Lawrence County’s top volleyball players for the past several years is officially off the market. 

Senior Libero Sami Parker inked her national letter intent this past Thursday with the school located in Tennessee. 

Lawrence County head coach said it was something that was long overdue. 

“My only hang up about this whole thing is that it’s taken this long,” she said. “I think people have been overlooking her but Bethel came and made her the offer and  I think they’re going to be really glad they did. 

Parker echoed her coach’s feelings. 

“Honestly it’s such a relief,” she said. “I’ve worked so hard for so long and I know what I deserve. I’m glad I finally have the opportunity.” 

The signing officially brought to an end her decorated career as a Lawrence County Red Devil. 

“It’s going to be tough starting out,” said Parker of leaving Lawrence County. “It’ll be tough coming back and watching the girls and not being out there with them. But I had my time and now it’s theirs.” 

Parker has been a starter and key contributor for the Red Devils for a long time now. To say it’ll be weird not having her around might be an understatement for some of the coaches. 

“We’re going to miss her tremendously. She’s been hanging around and doing anything she could do since she used to come to practice and watch her sister,” said Lawrence County head coach Robyn Hutto. “It’s going to be weird having a season without her around.” 

Parker has made a living being a versatile player with great leadership, which has netted her multiple all star awards. She’s helped break the mold of what a typical volleyball player has to be in order to make it to the collegiate level. 

“I think it shows other girls like her that you can do it too,” Hutto said. “I think volleyball gets lumped into this idea that you have to be tall girls in order to play. But Sami shows that you don’t have to be that tall girl and that if you put the work in, which she always has, you can be successful.”

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