Volleyball signs Blackdeer, Hanback to NLIs
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss head volleyball coach Stephanie Radecki has announced that Cyan Blackdeer (Parker, Colo.) and Kinsley Hanback (Lexington, Ala.) have signed to play with the Golden Eagles for the 2018 season.
"We are excited for the addition of these two women," Radecki said. "They will make our program stronger and will be great advocates of the University of Southern Mississippi. Our staff is very proud to announce these two as our first signees and a new beginning of Southern Miss Volleyball. SMTTT."
Blackdeer comes to Hattiesburg by way of Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. This past year, she was named a second-team All-American and first-team All-State honoree as well as the Golden Valley Conference MVP. During that campaign, she registered a league-best 462 kills on a .339 hitting percentage while adding 319 digs and 50 blocks on defense. Her Golden Eagle squad made the CCCAA Elite Eight with a 25-5 record. Blackdeer is also a two-time, first-team All-Golden Valley Conference performer. She intends to major in history.
"Cyan brings experience to both our indoor and beach programs," Radecki said. "She is a versatile hitter and has the ball control to play six rotations. She also has a great court presence and personality."
Hanback was named the Times Daily Volleyball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, compiling 768 kills and 324 blocks in her senior campaign. Other honors of her this past year include All-Lauderdale County and All-Area. As a junior, the middle blocker also recorded 832 kills and 108 blocks. Hanback, also a standout on the basketball court, holds a 4.18 GPA and plans on majoring in architectural engineering.
"I've watched Kinsley over the years develop into a very special volleyball player," Radecki said. "Her speed and strength is complimented by her outstanding work ethic and dedication to both athletics and academics."
Southern Miss is coming off of four consecutive 20-win seasons.