The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
With a last name like Zampini, Hailey is accustomed to being at the end of the line.
On Monday, though, she moved right to the front as the first-ever volleyball signee for Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
Zampini, a 2013 graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School, signed to play for Seahawks Coach Jessica Callahan during a signing ceremony at the college.
“I feel extremely honored,” Zampini said. “A lot of my friends went straight out of high school to play college volleyball and I’ve seen how much fun they’re having. I didn’t think I’d get to do that after being out for a year, but now I have that opportunity.”
Zampini attended an open tryout for the Seahawks in mid-February and was among the first to receive a call from Callahan.
“She is a very outgoing, very talkative and friendly person,” Callahan said. “We saw that on the court, that she has a court awareness and is vocal. She will be a great leader for us.”
Zampini was part of the 2012 PN-G team that went undefeated in District 20-4A play and then advanced to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. For her efforts, she was named the district’s Setter of the Year in a vote by league coaches.
“In this community, volleyball is big and it’s been very successful,” Coach Callahan said. “We intend to continue that success at the junior college level. The responsibility for that falls on all our shoulders as we continue to build a team.
“No one who is signing to play for us is afraid of that. It’s a challenge we’re all ready to accept.”
The Hawks will open their first season as a member of NJCAA Region XIV with two tournaments in August. The first home game will be Sept. 10 with Panola College visiting the Parker Center.