“I really love volleyball and to be able to be able to go play for coach McCray is like a dream come true for me,” Dyess said. “I know (Panola) plays a real competitive level of volleyball and I know that the coaches will be pushing us hard. I learned in playing club ball for coach McCray that she can push me to be my best, and make me work harder than I make myself.”
Dyess first started playing volleyball in the seventh grade and a year later she made her club team debut.
She said that she had always dreamed about one day being able to play college volleyball.
“(Signing day) really means a lot to me because of all the years of work and the hours of practice that I have put into volleyball,” Dyess said.
Dyess primarily played setter for the Lady Tigers, but was recruited as a defensive specialist, according to McCray, who along with Panola assistant coach, Jane Hays, were also on hand for Friday's signing.
Dyess said that she didn't anticipate any problems on the position switch.
“I played setter in high school mostly because that's what the team needed,” Dyess said. “But I love playing defensive specialist and to be able to play that position at Panola will be a lot of fun.”
Dyess, who is the daughter of Bobby and Kayla Dyess, tallied 826 assists (6.8 assists per match) and 226 digs (5.7 digs per match) last season for Troup, a year in which the Lady Tigers posted a 27-14 record which included going 14-0 in conference play.
Johnson said that the Troup volleyball program will definitely miss Dyess.
“She (Dyess) was such a hard worker and a leader for us out on the floor, and we will miss her, but we are so proud of her,” Johnson said.