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Banton signs with Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Jackson Newspapers
Jackson Newspapers

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is announcing the signing of a 2021 Ripley High School senior to their women’s volleyball team. On Dec. 7, Olivia Banton signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles.

Banton was a three-year letter winner for the Lady Vikings volleyball team and is known as a defensive specialist and ace server. She was selected Max Preps Player of the Match twice during her senior season and recognized for perfect 21/21 serving with eight service aces against Ravenswood. She led the Lady Vikings in Aces with 26, amassed 43 digs (3.1 digs per match), led in ball handling with just 30 errors in 301 attempts (less than 10 percent ballhandling errors), and also tied for serve receives with 230 (16.4 receives per match).

In the classroom, Banton has achieved a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA throughout high school, is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as iBelieve Leadership Academy and Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.

She has countless hours of volunteerism that includes; Church of Christ Disaster Relief for flood and tornado victims across the United States and West Virginia, Soles4Souls, Mount Alto Church of Christ food pantry, school supply and clothing drives, American Red Cross disaster relief, Adopt-A-Family, assembling fruit baskets for the elderly, Troop Link, NICU hats, and volunteers with local animal groomers.

“Olivia is a gifted athlete and a very special person as well,” head volleyball coach for Kent State Tuscarawas Mindy Craig said. “She is very competitive, has great natural skills, and her work ethic is something that every coach covets. She is a defensive gem and her addition to our team will help us get to the next level. I truly believe that, and we are so proud to call her a Golden Eagles athlete.”

Kent State Tuscarawas is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).