Mineral Area Community College’s Taylor Covington will continue her collegiate volleyball career at Drury University in Springfield after signing her national letter of intent this past Monday. Covington, who is a 2015 graduate of New Haven High School, finished the 2016 season 6th on the team with 132 kills and also finished 2nd on the team with 74 total blocks.
When asked what made her choose Drury, Covington commented, “What I liked most about Drury was the campus. It was the nicest campus I have ever been to. The people were really nice, a lot like the ones at MAC. Also, there is a feeling that you get when you are visiting a school that says it's right for you, and that is the feeling I got when I went to Drury.”
Covington was part of a Mineral Area squad that finished the 2016 season with a record of 27 wins and 9 losses. They suffered a season ending loss in the 1st round of the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament to eventual national champion Miami Dade College.
When asked what she would remember most about her time at Mineral Area, she replied, “What I will remember most is the friends and memories I have made. I was so nervous coming here, because I didn’t know anyone there. Now I have so many lifelong friendships that I never thought would be possible. I found out very quickly how much the professors at MAC care. I will always appreciate them for believing in me.”
In her 4 years at New Haven, Taylor was named to the all-district team three times and the all-conference team her junior and senior year, as well as being named the Four Rivers Conference Player of the Year her senior year. She was also named to the all-region team two times, as well as the all-state team her senior year. Covington was also very successful in the classroom, as she was named to the academic all-state team three times and the academic all-conference team two times.
When asked about Taylor’s time at New Haven, Coach Jaime Hoener commented, “Taylor was one of our top middle hitters while she was here. Her teams at MAC, especially this past season, were very successful. Drury is getting a quality player who wants to improve and achieve at a high level.”
Congratulations, Taylor, and good luck!