May 3, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Abbi Joseph, a senior forward at William Blount High School in Maryville, Tenn., has committed to continue her academic and basketball careers at Maryville College.
Joseph, a 5-foot-11 forward, was a two-time all-district and 2019 all-region performer for the Governors and head coach Todd Wright. Abbi averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game while shooting over 40% from beyond the arc. Her defensive intensity and team dedication are reflected in the 45 charges taken over the past two seasons.
"Abbi is a tremendous addition to our program," Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian stated. "Finding a player who can drill shots from three, grab tough rebounds in the post, and take charges is extremely rare, so we know these skills will translate well to our system. Abbi also has an incredible will to win and a great competitive fire, and we were drawn to her love of the game and her teammates. She is also a recipient of the Bonner Scholarship, awarded for her willingness to serve others in our community. We are very excited to get Abbi on the floor this fall, as we know she can contribute in a variety of ways."
Abbi is the daughter of Michael and Adrienne Joseph.
She joins a Maryville College women's basketball program that has been led by Darrin Travillian for the past nine seasons. Travillian's squads have posted an amazing 193-61 career mark while going 92-16 in USA South Athletic Conference challenges over the past seven years. The program boasts eight Great South Athletic Conference titles, four USA South regular-season crowns, and a USA South tournament championship in 2015-16. MC's women's basketball has sent 22 squads to the NCAA post-season tournament, five under the direction of Coach Travillian.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.