Tigerville, SC -- Grayson Lawrence, a 6-3 outside hitter/setter from Richmond, VA (Cosby HS), has signed a national letter of intent during the NCAA's early signing period to attend North Greenville University in the fall of 2015 to play for the Crusader men's volleyball team
Lawrence, a highly experienced player in junior volleyball and in the high school ranks, has helped lead Cosby to a 25-0 record and #1 finish in its district. The Titans also just captured the Conference Championship for the second year in a row, with Lawrence being selected First Team All-Conference. Cosby will compete for the Virginia Boy's State Championship next week.
A veteran of four years with the Richmond Volleyball Club and Mid-Atlantic Volleyball Club, RVC's 17-1 National Team won the Old Dominion Regional Championship in 2014. Lawrence was also named to the All-Tournament Team and this spring will be playing for the 2Rivers Volleyball Academy.
Lawrence plans to major in mathematics/pre-engineering when he arrives at North Greenville. He has specific academic interests in engineering and business/marketing. He is a member of DECA, and has won awards on the state and local levels, and qualified for the National Competition for his advertising campaign manual. He has been awarded the Scholar Athlete Award, AP Scholar Award, and is a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
The son of David & Carolyn Lawrence and Tracy & Gerald Ebert of Richmond, Lawrence, Grayson is actively involved with the Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia; participating in choir, weekly small groups, volunteering with Upward Basketball, and traveling on summer mission trips.
"I truly believe we have signed a gem in a phenomenal young man like Grayson Lawrence," said NGU head men's coach Dr. Fred Battenfield. "Grayson has played on excellent teams in a hotbed for boys' volleyball, and what I really like about him is his versatility. He can set, play opposite or outside as a very good pin hitter, and is a solid passer. Grayson is also an excellent scholar-athlete with highly notable academic talents, so he will join us next year and push the current players hard. We are elated to get such a talented young man from a superb family to join the NGU family."
The North Greenville men's team has begun its inaugural fall season by winning the Georgia Tech University tournament last weekend, and they also downed Georgia Tech 3-0 in Tigerville last night. NGU will host Clemson University Wednesday, Nov. 19 (7:00 p.m.) and the University of Georgia on Saturday, Nov. 22 (4:00 p.m.) in Hayes Gym.
The Crusaders begin their first official season with two matches against top 5 ranked NCAA Division I program Pepperdine University on Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the brand new Upward Sports Star Center in Spartanburg. NGU will also host the Waves and Olympic Gold Medal winning head coach Marv Dunphy on Monday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Gym in Tigerville.