Hallie Goodwin signing

Hallie Goodwin (center), a senior at Northpoint Christian School, signed Thursday to attend and play volleyball next season at Belhaven University. From left are mother Nancy and father Alan Goodwin.

Northpoint Christian School volleyball coach Joy Dedmon can be excused if she accidently puts Hallie Goodwin’s name in the lineup for the first match of the season next year.

After all, Goodwin has been a part of the Lady Trojans’ volleyball program since she was in eighth grade.

But if that happens, Dedmon will have to quickly change the name because come next season Goodwin will be a freshman player for the Belhaven University Blazers, having signed her letter-of-intent Thursday to be a part of the program coached by Justin Dee.

“She has been a very integral part of our team,” Dedmon said. “We’re going to really miss her because she’s always been the person to fill the gap, whenever we needed, so she’s been a great addition to our team and we’re going to miss her.”

What that means is Goodwin could handle just about every position on the floor. She has been a libero, on the front line, outside hitter, wherever Dedmon needed her to be at the time. About the only position Goodwin didn’t play was setter.

“When coach (Dedmon) asked me to go somewhere, I just said, ‘Yes ma'am,’ and went out and did it,” Goodwin said. “I just gave 100 percent everything she told me to do.”

Dedmon believes Dee will use Goodwin more in a defensive role than an attacking role for the Blazers.

“They’re going to work on increasing her jumping ability so she might be able to play a little front row, as well, at times,” she explained.

Goodwin said she will have a major in sports medicine and possible minor in psychology as she studies to become an occupational therapist.

But Goodwin will leave Northpoint Christian School having put some big dents in the volleyball record book.

“Over her five years, she had 134 service aces and she had 326 kills,” Dedmon said. “Her serving reception percentage was 84 percent, and her digging percentage was 67 percent.”

There was a Northpoint presence on the Belhaven roster this past season, but Lauren Whiting played her senior season for the Blazers.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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