HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College volleyball coach Moe Boyle announced the signing of Aliyah Williams, a 6-foot setter from Coeur d'Alene High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Williams is a four-year varsity letter winner and a two-time All-North Idaho honoree. She led the 2015 team to the consolation bracket final and earned All-Tournament Team honors.
She was named her team Offensive Player of the Year for 2016, the Emerald City Classic MVP in 2016 and earned 2017 Northwest Showcase Honors.
"She is a blue-chip athlete," Boyle said. "We are fortunate to get her, and I am excited to get her. She has a big upside, and we are starting from a high level to begin with. She is going to complement Rayna very well and secure our setter position for the next four years. One of my goals this recruiting cycle was to go out and find a dynamic setter, and I feel like we did that with Ali."
Along with her abilities at the setter position, Williams is also an accomplished server. She set the single-season school record for aces with 68. With her size, she can also hit and block very well.
"Ali is an all-around player that can play a full rotation and bring something to every spot," Boyle said. "She is a great back row player, she is great on the block, and she has the ability to go up and strike the ball too, that will set her apart in the Frontier Conference."
Williams is a seven-semester honor roll student with a 3.67 GPA and earned three academic letters. She hopes to pursue nursing at Carroll and says that is part of what drew her to Carroll.
"Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse and helping people in need," Williams said. "Carroll is known for its nursing program. When I came for a visit, everyone I met welcomed me with open arms. I think Carroll will be a great fit because it has a strong volleyball program, it is a smaller college, the academics are strong, and it is close to home. You aren't just a number at Carroll, you are you."
Williams joins Helena High's Taelyr Krantz and Maddie Wolter from Boise High School.
The Saints are coming off of back-to-back Frontier Conference regular season championships and a trip to the NAIA tournament final site in 2016.