Layla Hingley had her eyes set on playing college volleyball next season, but wasn’t sure what to expect. Now, after signing with the Grande Prairie Regional College women’s volleyball team last week, Hingley is thrilled and excited about the opportunity.
“I’m really excited, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to sign or not. I definitely wanted to play college sports, and I’m really excited to play at a new level,” Hingley said.
Hingley has played volleyball for six years, with both the Dawson Creek Volleyball Club and DCSS. In 2019, she was part of the DCSS team that took home the bronze at provincials, and was named the DCVC’s Heart and Hustle Award recipient that same year.
“Layla Hingley has played in our program a last time. I didn’t coach her at first but have been fortunate to coach her the last couple years,” said DCVC Coach Aaron Powell. “She will play left side for GPRC, and we’re very excited for her to get that opportunity.”
Hingley will be joining current DCVC teammates Maddie Chabot and Gabby Capelle on the GPRC team.
“I’m really glad we’re all going. I really like Gabby and Maddie, and I think will feel nice to have girls there that I already know,” Hingley said.
GPRC’s coach, Lauren Hale-Miller, is glad to have Hingley join the team.
“I am excited to have Layla join our program this upcoming season. She comes from a strong volleyball program and understands the value of hard work and commitment. Layla will add a tremendous amount of versatility to our roster,” Hale-Miller said in a release.
Although there were no games this season, Hingley enjoyed the practices, while taking advantage of the extra time she had.
“It was a good break for my brain. My mom had a baby this year, and it was nice to be at home with them more. With practice, we’ve been able to take our time and focus on the little things, things we wouldn’t always get to during a normal volleyball season,” said Hingley.
“With our team here, we have great coaches that have really helped us this year. I’m glad I could still play this year and end up at a good place for next season.”
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