By Doug Gorman
The Jonesboro volleyball team posted a 44-12 record on its way to the state tournament last season.
Two big reasons for the Lady Cardinals' success were seniors Desiree Kendrick and Nichole Shannon.
Now, the two will take their game to the next level after signing letters of intent to play in college.
Kendrick will attend Brewton-Parker, while Shannon will play at Southern Union.
Kendrick continues a pipeline to Brewton-Parker from Jonesboro High.
Four former Jonesboro volleyball players are members of the Brewton-Parker team including Bobbi Boyer, Jeune Hypolite, Jessica Hill and Bridget Stephens.
"Desiree has been with me for four years," Jonesboro head coach Dan Maehlman . "It's been kind of hard taking that all in that she won't be here next year. She is a tremendous athlete."
Kendrick could be a two-sport athlete once she gets on the Brewton-Parker campus.
Although Kendrick didn't play for the school team, she competes in travel softball at a high level and is expected to play for Brewton-Parker.
Shannon began her high school career at Lovejoy before transferring to Jonesboro for her senior season.
"She was a tremendous asset for us this year," Maehlman said. "She is going to have a great opportunity in college. I'm just proud of both of them, I just want to keep sending players to college."
Kendrick is looking forward to reuniting with some of her former teammates once she gets to college.
"I'm going down there and get a chance to play with a bunch of people I have played with before, so I'm going to be very comfortable once I get down there."
Kendrick leaves Jonesboro with some fond memories.
"It's been great winning all of those county championships, and going to state every year. It's just a big thrill for me playing for coach Maehlman. I wouldn't give it up for anything."
Shannon felt right at home once she joined the Jonesboro volleyball team this year, and looks forward to making the transition to Southern Union.
"I didn't know a whole lot about the school, but I did go down there and have a workout with the girls, and it was really nice. I can't wait to see how that goes."
Shannon is glad she closed out her high school career under Maehlman's watch.
"It's an awesome program, and I am glad I was able to play for coach Maehlman," she said.