Lady Horn Signs With Trevecca

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Brooke Cannon should probably pack her cowboy boots and hat along with her volleyball uniform.

The Payson High School senior and two-time team captain received nearly a full-ride scholarship to play volleyball at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn.

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Payson High School senior Brooke Cannon visited Trevecca Nazarene University in February and has since committed to play volleyball there on scholarship.

"I'm excited for a change," she said. "It's an experience that most people don't get to have."

Cannon has been playing volleyball since middle school and helped PHS go undefeated this season and qualify for state. She was the 3A East region Player of the Year and an all-region selection this season.

The 5-foot-9-inch setter also played club volleyball for the past four years for one of the top club teams in Arizona -- Club Red.

It was at a Las Vegas tournament for her club team that Cannon's play impressed Trevecca volleyball coach, Scott Jones.

"Brooke has excellent skills," Jones said. "She has great skills in setting, but can also hit and play defense at a high level."

Cannon and her parents visited the university in February, and, after spending three days with her new teammates, Cannon decided the following week she wanted to be a Trojan for the next four years.

"I went for my visit and fell in love with the campus and Nashville," she said. "My coach is amazing, my teammates were all awesome. It is a Christian-based school, which is something I was looking for."

Brent Cannon, Brooke's father, said other schools recruited her, including South Mountain and Scottsdale Community Colleges, but that she really liked what Trevecca had to offer.

"The school has everything that's important to her," he said. "She wanted to be in a program for four years."

Brent Cannon said Brooke always wanted to play for a school in the South, and that Trevecca fit her perfectly.

Brooke will start preseason training at Trevecca Aug. 12.

"Next year is looking great," Jones said. "We have an excellent group of returning players and continue to sign great recruits like Brooke."

Although Brooke's goals for her college career are lofty, if her past achievements are any indication, they are definitely not out of her reach.

"I'd like to be an all-American," she said. "Since I was little, my goal is to be the best setter in the nation."

Brooke's skills extend far beyond the volleyball court. She has a 3.6 GPA and has been on the presidential honor roll all four years at PHS. She plans to major in broadcast journalism at Trevecca, Brent Cannon said.

Brooke said that the journalism program was another reason she chose Trevecca.

"The broadcast journalism program is pretty well-known," she said. "They have lots of internships with Country Music Television and NBC."

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