Morgan City High School's Sh'Diamond Holly signed with the University of New Orleans on Nov. 16 to continue her volleyball career. Holly was a three-time first-team all-district volleyball player for the Lady Tigers who helped lead the school to its first quarterfinal appearence in 10 years this past season. She also participated in the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star Game as a member of the West squad following her senior season. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of Morgan City High School)
MCHS' Holly inks with UNO
Morgan City High School volleyball standout Sh’Diamond Holly recently signed with the University of New Orleans to continue her playing career.
She said playing college volleyball is something she has aspired to do.
“It’s very exciting to get to play at the next level and for … my coaches recognizing my talents,” Holly said.
Holly was a three-time first-team all-district selection during her high school career, earning the honors during her sophomore, junior and season seasons.
As a senior, she helped lead Morgan City to the Division III quarterfinals. It was Morgan City’s first state tournament appearance in 10 years.
Holly finished her senior season with 58 aces, 489 kills, 100 total blocks, 49 assists and 275 digs.
Following her season, she participated in the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association All-Star Game as a member of the west squad.
Holly said her offers during her high school career included Xavier, Nicholls and Alcorn State, but she choose the University of New Orleans because she said she felt “comfortable” with the players and coaches.
“When I went there for camps, it just felt like home already, and as I played with them, I was like, ‘this is where I want to be,’” she said.
Holly doesn’t know what position she will play on the collegiate level, but she is assuming she will remain in the front row as a middle. However, she will play wherever they put her.
“I’ll just be ready to play at any position,” she said.
Holly, who is competing in basketball and will close her senior year as a member of the Lady Tigers’ track and field team, said she will be playing travel volleyball during basketball season in order to improve her skills, while she also will be working out in the weight room to improve for college.
She said she intends to major in criminal justice at the University of New Orleans and minor in child education.
The University of New Orleans finished the 2018 season with a 12-19 overall mark, including a 6-10 record in Southland Conference play.