Haley Jared signs UAB scholarshipPublished 1:00pm Friday, April 18, 2014
Hartselle High School senior Haley Jared has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
A signing ceremony was conducted in the school cafeteria Wednesday afternoon. It was attended by her coaches, family members teammates and senor players in other sports.
A four-year varsity starter, Jared led her team with 601 kills and 124 blocks as a senior. She was chosen by the Alabama Volleyball Coaches Association as a member of the Class 5A first place team, was a Bryant-Jordan Region 8 winner and was honored as a member of the Class 5A AHSAA All-Tournament Team.
She earned the distinction of being the school’s first volleyball player to earn a Division 1 volleyball scholarship. And leads the senior class in academic achievement with a 4.35 grade points average.
“She has been a leader both on and off the court,” said head volleyball coach Tanya Lybarger. “She’s a hard worker and very competitive. UAB coaches were pleased when they learned she is a multi-sport athlete.
“I’m going to miss her, but UAB is getting a great athlete and I wish her very best,” Lybarger added.
Jared said she had a scholarship offer from UAHuntsville but chose UAB after touring the campus and taking with the volleyball coaches.
“UAB is a good fit for me,” she pointed out. “They have a highly ranked engineering school and the volleyball team is very competitive and gets good support. I like the distance, too. It’s far enough away so that I’ll be staying away from home while at the same time it’s close enough for my family to come see me play.”
Jared said she would enroll next August and pursue a degree in engineering.