Vincent signs for volleyball with Kentucky Christian U.

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By Mike Farner

HEBRON ESTATES " Kentucky Christian University’s top-10 program got the signature of North Bullitt’s Jordan Vincent recently to continue her volleyball career at the next level.

Vincent was flanked by her parents, sister and coaches during the big day in the North Bullitt library. Kentucky Christian coach Bruce Dixon was also present to make it all official.

Vincent has been a part of the Lady Eagle program for the past four seasons. She has also competed for three seasons with all club teams in Louisville.

While the 18-year old daughter of Becky and Trevor Vincent was hoping to play sports at the next level, her first contact with Kentucky Christian came at an academic event - A Junior/Senior Showcase that was conducted in southern Indiana.

She soon discovered that the school located 20 miles west of Ashland also had a volleyball program. That made it a perfect match for the high school senior.

“I really liked the girls on the team,” Vincent said after signing the necessary papers. “They were a lot of fun.

“I was looking for athletics and academics,” she added. “Then I found out they had the major I was looking for.”

At this point, Vincent is hoping to major in middle school education. She would like to also coach volleyball at the high school level as well as the club level.

Before selecting Kentucky Christian, Vincent also looked at Hanover which also offered the possibility of volleyball. She also checked into Murray State, Morehead and the University of Kentucky if she was just going to be a student.

At Kentucky Christian, Vincent joins a high-powered program run by Dixon who just completed his 21st season as the team’s head coach. This past season the team had a 25-13 record and was ranked seventh in the country in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II. The school also has duel membership as it also is part of the NAIA Mideast Region.

Dixon holds two jobs at the college, serving as the assistant registrar.

“Jordan is a great girl,” the coach said. “I couldn’t be happier with a player like her. She is athletic, but she also fits what Kentucky Christian is.

“I don’t take every player,” Dixon pointed out. “The girls have to fit with the mission of the school and the team. Jordan does that very well.”

The volleyball program is expanding next season to have both a varsity and junior-varsity program. Vincent did not sign to play at a particular level. She will come in and have a chance to get as much playing time as she earns with either team.

Kentucky Christian returns 12 players from last year’s program so Dixon said he is looking for depth at this point.

At North Bullitt, Vincent said that her favorite volleyball memory was beating Bullitt East early in her senior season. She also pointed to the support from her grandparents as well as from her aunt and uncle as being important in her development.

Vincent’s first taste of volleyball came when she played a little in a league at Ohio Valley. She then became more serious in the sport when she arrived at North Bullitt. She then took up the sport full-time when she started playing club ball with the MAVA program, something she has been doing for three seasons.

At almost 6-feet fall, Vincent is a force at the net. At the next level she wants to stay near the front line.

“I would like to play middle,” the senior said. “Any of the hitting positions would be fine.”

Dixon will look at her first to play in the middle.

“She is a natural middle,” the coach said. “When she has been in our gym she has shown she can play any of the front row positions with the players we now have.”

North Bullitt volleyball coach Jeanette Pryor just completed her first season at the helm so this was her first signing of a senior player.

“It was my first year, but Jordan has been working for a long time and deserves everything she gets,” the coach said. “She was one of our leaders so it’s no surprise that she will play in college.

“She was a very big asset to me in my first year,” Pryor added. “She really helped me a lot. I definitely know that she will do well.”

Vincent will be attending a college that is smaller than her high school Kentucky Christian, which is associated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ has 600 students on its Co-Ed campus. The school offers eight varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, soccer and cross-country. There is also football along with volleyball.