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Clay volleyball standout signs with Faulkner State

By Gary Lloyd

Clay-Chalkville senior Shannon Blanchard has signed to play volleyball at Faulkner State Community College in Mobile.

Blanchard had a signing party Thursday.

Clay-Chalkville volleyball coach Jeannine Hannah said Blanchard also drew interest from Wallace State, Arkansas State and Montevallo.

Blanchard was a libero on the volleyball court, a team’s defensive specialist.

“She’s exceptional,” Hannah said.

Blanchard played on the varsity team since her freshman year. She made all-area and all-county teams all four years, was an all-metro player in 2011 and 2012, and was named the Birmingham metro player of the year in 2011.

Hannah said some players become complacent when they realize their success. Not Blanchard, Hannah said.

“She never got complacent,” Hannah said. “She just kept getting better.”

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