#15 Natalie Willis
|HIGH SCHOOL||River Bluff High School|
Named second team all-SAC... Named first team NFCA all-Southeast Region... Named second team D2CCA All-Region... Named to the 2017 SAC All-Tournament team.
Appeared in 49 contests... Hit a team-best .423 with 40 runs scored and 12 RBIs... Hit 12 doubles, one triple and and one home run... Notched a .995 fielding percentage... Collected a team-high 15 stolen bases... Went 4-for-4 with two runs scored against USC Aiken (2/18)... Went 4-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored against Augusta in game two (3/15).
Appeared in 48 contests her freshman season... Hit .273 with 17 RBI and 21 runs scored... Collected nine stolen bases and had a .309 on-base percentage... Had a .982 fielding percentage... Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against Pfeiffer in game two (2/7)... Went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in game one against Coker (4/19)... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored against Catawba in the SAC Tournament (4/28).
Appeared in all 27 matches, starting in 13...Ended the season with second highest total digs with 289, averaging 2.86 per set...Ranked fourth on the team in assists with 68, 21 of those coming in final conference road game versus Lenoir-Rhyne (11/10)...Posted back-to-back double-doubles against Lenoir-Rhyne (11/10) and Catawba (11/11)...Logged season-high 27 digs against Southern Wesleyan in Newberry College Volleyball Invitational.
Played in all 32 matches... Tallied 312 digs, averaging 2.81 per set... Named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the events of Sept. 11... Recorded 194 assists and 20 service aces... Posted 15 games with double-digit digs... Tallied a season-high 19 digs vs. Emmanuel (9/9)... Recorded a career-high 43 assists vs. Emmanuel (9/9).
Appeared in 26 matches in her freshman season… Recorded 193 digs, averaging 2.01 per set… Tallied three kills, six assists and 12 service aces… Posted a season-high 21 digs vs. Francis Marion (9/5).
Prior to Newberry
Willis went to River Bluff HS in Lexington where she played volleyball and softball… played volleyball under head coach Cindy Esposito for three years… was awarded the Coaches Award in 2014… All-Region player in 2014 and 2015… Team Captain in 2015… MVP 2015… River Bluff HS Female Athlete of the Year for 2015...Played softball under coach Sarah Zaengle for six years... Named All-Region player four times and team MVP four times in softball... Named All-State her senior season...Participated in the North/South All-Star Game.
Daughter of Mike and Jennie Willis…Favorite Movie: Mulan…TV Show: One Tree Hill…Food: Watermelon and coffee...Hobbies & Activities: Volleyball...Quote: Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain--Unknown.