May 3, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Anna James, a libero from Paintsville High School in Paintsville, Ky., has committed to continue her academic and volleyball careers at Maryville College.
James, a 5-foot-2 defensive specialist, played for Dawn Kinner at Paintsville High School. She helped the squad to a pair of district and regional championships while earning all-district and all-region individual honors for her defensive prowess. James tallied over 2,000 career digs throughout her high school career. A talented server as well, Anna deposited 111 service aces over the past four seasons.
"We are excited to have Anna join us in the back row," Maryville College Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "Her defense and serve reception skills will be invaluable to our strategic systems. Anna joins us from Paintsville High School and River Cities Thunder volleyball club. As part of the Lady Tigers, she earned back-to-back team regional titles."
Anna is the daughter of Allen and Dannette James.
Anna joins a storied volleyball program in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Maryville College Head Volleyball Coach Kandis Schram, beginning her 34th season in the fall, is presently ranked second within the NCAA Division III among active career volleyball coaching victories with 764 wins in 33 seasons. She is ranked seventh all-time in career coaching victories within the division. Her teams have earned nine Great South Conference titles, two USA South regular-season crowns, and a pair of USA South tournament championships while claiming a dozen bids to the NCAA post-season tournament.
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.