Bamberg signs volleyball scholarship

Demopolis senior Cailin Bamberg will continue her volleyball career after signing a scholarship with Judson College.

Demopolis senior Cailin Bamberg will continue her volleyball career after signing a scholarship with Judson College.

Demopolis senior Cailin Bamberg will continue her volleyball career at Judson College after inking a scholarship offer from the school.

“She’s a hard worker. She’s eager to learn as much as she can about the game of volleyball and to get better at it,” Demopolis coach Blythe Smith said of Bamberg’s approach to the sport. “I feel like she will be a team player and, whatever role they give her, she’ll work hard at it.”

Bamberg’s opportunity came in the wake of a tryout at the Marion-based institution. Her performance there helped her become one of few – if any – DHS volleyball players to earn a scholarship offer.

I decided to tryout at Judson because I know that they have a great volleyball team and I have always loved the sport. I’ve played volleyball since the seventh grade and I have dreamed of playing in college ever since then,” Bamberg said. “It means a lot to me that I received the scholarship because I will be able to continue playing the sport. It shows that hard work pays off and that goals can be reached.”

Smith noted the potential positive impact that a collegiate signee can have on a high school program.

“It’s good for any program to have players sign to play at the college level. It shows the girls coming up that they can have a future in volleyball if they work hard,” Smith said.

Bamberg sat out her sophomore season after transferring from Southern Academy, where she played from seventh through ninth grades. She entered the Demopolis program as a junior and seized a starting position she never relinquished.

“She had more experience than some of the other girls and that helped build our program,” Smith said. “She always tried to motivate others to do their best and worked hard to accomplish our team goals.”