GCC volleyball signs 2 to letters of intent

Stuck signs Mountain Lion and Mustang for next season
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BY DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Reporter
New Gauchos sign letters of intent

Photo by Darrell Jackson
Glendale Community College head volleyball coach Lisa Stuck welcomes Kaylee Ford and Briana Bernard to the school.

“This is one of the biggest decisions they will make and my hope for them is that when they are done and ready to move, in their heart they would hope that GCC is a four-year school because of the fun they will have,” GCC head volleyball Lisa Stuck said. “We want to compete and win, but we also want them to enjoy their time here, because it will go fast.”

As the Glendale Community College volleyball team prepared for the Arizona Community College Regional tournament, head coach Lisa Stuck announced the signing of two high school players with letters of intent to play for the Gauchos next season.
“This is one of the biggest decisions they will make and my hope for them is that when they are done and ready to move, in their heart they would hope that GCC is a four-year school because of the fun they will have,” said Stuck. “We want to compete and win, but we also want them to enjoy their time here, because it will go fast.”
Signing early letters of intent were Mountain Ridge outside hitter Briana Bernard and Sunrise Mountain libero/defensive specialist Kaylee Ford.
“I have played for coach Stuck before and love her coaching style and the girls on the team are incredible,” Ford said. “Plus, this is such a great program that will help me get better as a player and a person.”
Ford, who helped Sunrise Mountain to a 23-12 record and advancing to the Arizona Interscholastic Association 5A quarterfinals before losing to Gilbert Campo Verde 3-0, had 514 digs and 42 service aces in three seasons on varsity.
“I know I will have to work for my spot because there are a lot of great girls on the team, but I am ready for the challenge,” Ford said.
Bernard, who led Mountain Ridge to a playoff play-in game before losing to Gilbert Highland 3-1, finished her high school career with 227 kills and 361 digs.
“I wanted to sign with GCC because I played for Coach Stuck a couple of years ago and she was my all-time favorite coach ever,” Bernard said. “I definitely wanted to play for her again and it is a great opportunity for me because I wanted to continue playing and I didn’t want to play for anyone else.”
Stuck said both girls were recruited for the same reason she has recruited during her 21 years at GCC.
“I have coached both of them in club ball and had a good amount of time with both of them and I like both kids’ competitiveness and drive,” Stuck said. “These two are the type of kids I kind of gravitate towards and they will be great additions to our team.”
Stuck said while both girls will have to earn their spots, both have the chance to be key contributors next season.
“I make no promises to kids; they know they will have to compete and I think you need that and it makes a healthy environment,” Stuck said. “We lose eight players (to graduation), but these two have the talent and work ethic to contribute next season.”
Stuck added that she has more recruits she is working to sign and hopes to announce more signings soon.

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