NLI: Monica Bumbry

It's no secret Culver-Stockton uses Quincy High as a breeding ground for young hitters on the volleyball court. With her former setter already a Wildcat, Monica Bumbry made her pledge today to follow her to Canton.

Monica Bumbry: "I chose it because it was really close to home. I wasn't really ready to leave. I thought it would be a really good program for me. It's just really important for me to have old fans, old teammates come see me. It's just really really nice."

Caren Kemner: "I think I'm getting a full-bread athlete. If you look back at the Bumbry family all the way back to when I was in high school. They have a history and a genetic power to produce some athletes. I think Monica is just, she hasn't even hit the ceiling yet. She's had a wonderful high school career. But I think there's still a lot of great years of volleyball ahead of her."

Monica: "I'm pretty excited about it because I'm getting ready to get back and playing and our season ended kind of short. I'm just ready to get back in there and start playing again. I just liked how they seem so close like how my team was. We seem so the same. Not different really."

Kemner: "She has the ability to really hit the ball well offensively. She's a good attacker. I think she's going to be a great blocker. If she continues to get up to date with the speed and there's going to be a little bit of a lapse for a couple months adjusting from high school to college."

Monica: "I'm going to miss all the memories we had. That's probably one of the biggest things I'm going to miss and having them always already and knowing that I'm going to have to be with a whole new team, you know? That's probably what I'm going to miss the most."