Netters Reap Rewards Of Prep Efforts

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Rachel Creighton, Payson High’s starting setter the past three seasons, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Colorado Northwestern Community College.

The honors keep rolling in for former Lady Longhorns volleyball stars.

Rachel Creighton, Payson High’s starting setter the past three seasons, has signed a letter of intent to play for Colorado Northwestern Community College. Former PHS standout Desi Burris is headed to Cumberland University in Tennessee and Jenna Robertson has wrapped up her career at Phoenix College and now stars for Trevecca University.

In addition to Creighton agreeing to play for the Colorado college, she was recently named to both the All-Section III and All-Division III second team.

“I’m very excited for her,” said coach Arnold Stonebrink. “She’s very enthused about volleyball and she’s such a great kid.”

While Stonebrink has long been a fan and supporter of Creighton, he admits, “She didn’t particularly catch my eye when I first saw her” as a freshman.

But in team tryouts her sophomore season she blossomed into the team’s starting setter while leading the Lady Horns to a state tournament berth.

“Her junior year she really took off, finishing second in 3A (conference) in assists per game,” Stonebrink said.

Behind her efforts at setter, the Lady Horns won their first East region title in 16 seasons.

“Her senior year she continued to shine, as she was fifth in the state in assists per game in the much more competitive Division III,” Stonebrink said.

Also her senior season, Creighton recorded the highest hitting average by a setter in Stonebrink’s tenure as head coach.

Burris graduated from PHS in 2010 as all-region and all-state honoree and then played two years for South Florida Community College.

“Desi’s passion for volleyball is unsurpassed which makes me that much happier that she has the opportunity to play at the next level,” Stonebrink said. “She is a top-notch person and deserves all the accolades and happiness playing for a four-year university will bring her.”

At Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn., Robertson was named the TransSouth Player of the Week on Oct. 16.

The 6-foot junior plays middle blocker and was second on the team in kills with 307. Behind her efforts the team finished with a 20-15 record.

At PHS, Robertson was a three-year letter winner in volleyball and also excelled in basketball and track and field.

She is not the only former Lady Horn to play at TNU. Brooke Cannon, a 2007 PHS graduate who was named the most valuable player that year at the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game, played four years for Trevecca.

During Robertson’s sophomore season at Phoenix College she was named a team captain and most valuable player.

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