Presbyterian College and head volleyball coach Korrinn Burgess announced the signing of middle blocker/right-side hitter Paige Cairns (Canton, Ga.), outside hitter Gracie Davis (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), and middle blocker Taylor James (Accokeek, Md.) to National Letters of Intent to join the Blue Hose in the fall of 2019.
Paige Cairns – MB/RS – 5-10 – Canton, Ga./Creekview H.S.
High School: Two-year letter winner on the volleyball team and one-year letter winner on the swim team at Creekview … Accumulated 398 kills and 283 digs in two varsity seasons as an outside hitter … Named to the All-Area (6-AAAAAA) team in 2017 and 2018 … Named 1st Team All-County in Cherokee County, Ga. … Was named team Most Valuable Player and Co-Captain … Swam for ten years.
Club: Played for A5 Mizuno Volleyball Club as a junior and senior as an outside, middle, and right side hitter.
Personal: Paige Cecilia Cairns was born in Toledo, Ohio to Brian and Suzanne Cairns … Was a member of the National Honor Society at Creekview and ranked 11th in her graduating class of 415 … Chose PC because she loved the PC environment … Intends to major in Business.
“Paige is still fairly new to volleyball after a career as a talented swimmer,” said Coach Burgess. “She has an impressive vertical and can play any position across the front row. She is an extremely hard worker and has a fun personality to match!”
Gracie Davis – OH – 6-0 – Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach, H.S.
High School: Six-year starter for Myrtle Beach … Compiled over 2,000 kills in her high school career as an outside hitter … Averaged 14.5 kills per match in the regular season and 18 kills per match in the playoffs … Four-time SC Region 6 AAAA Champion (2014-17) … Two-time Lower State Champion (2016-17) … Class AAAA State Champion 2017 … CAWS Class AAAA Player of the year 2017 … HS Sports Report Class AAAA Player of the Year 2018 … Five-time North South All-Star (2014-18) … Six-time All-State selection (2013-18) … Five-time All-Region selection (2014-18) … Region Player of the Year 2011 … Member of the USA Volleyball Future Select Team.
Club: Played for the Grand Stand Juniors from 2010-18.
Personal: Mary Grace “Gracie” Davis was born in Conway, S.C. to Martha and Jody Davis … Sister Katie played volleyball at UNC Asheville and beach volleyball at Coastal Carolina … Her mother, Martha, was a Coastal Carolina volleyball player … Her father, Jody, played tennis at Coastal Carolina … Member of the National Honor Society at Myrtle Beach, as well as the Social Studies, Spanish, and Mathematics Honor Societies … Chose PC because it felt like home … Intends to major in Allied Health Science.
“Gracie has a very high volleyball IQ and will add even more depth to our outside hitter position,” said Coach Burgess. “We’re excited to have such a solid in-state addition to our team.
Taylor James – MB – 6-3 – Accokeek, Md./From the Heart Christian School
High School: Played on varsity for five seasons at From the Heart Christian School … Named Team MVP four times (2015-18) … Led the team in kills, blocks, and aces each season from freshman to senior year … Made it to the Championship every year … Also ran the 100, 200, and 400 meters for the Glenarden Track Club, placing 3rd in the 100m as a freshman.
Club: Played for Grit Volleyball up an age level for the past three seasons … While playing for the Virginia Juniors 17’s team, played in the USA Volleyball Nationals in Minneapolis … Played in AAU Nationals in Orlando three times (15’s, 16’s, 18’s).
Personal: Taylor Mary James was born in Accokeek, Md. to Russell and Jeanette James Jr. … Worked as a summer intern at the Washington D.C. Attorney General’s Office for the past two years … Volunteered with the United States Attorney’s Office Leadership Academy and Martha’s Table to help feed the homeless in Washington, D.C. … Member of the National Honor Society and “A” Honor Roll from 2014-18 … Four-time Presidential Academic Award recipient … Won the Science Fair in 11th Grade … Chose PC because of the family atmosphere, high academics, outstanding coaching staff, the opportunity to study abroad, and award-winning college professors … Intends to major in Pre-Law.
“Taylor will add some much needed depth to our middle blocker position,” said Coach Burgess. “She has a quiet demeanor off the court, but is extremely competitive on the court.”