-- Temple volleyball has announced the signing of Kayla Spells to the team for the 2019 season. Spells signed her national letter of intent on Wednesday.
QUOTABLE: Head Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam
> "We are extremely excited that Kayla has decided to attend Temple University
, she's a perfect fit for us."
> "Kayla is very intelligent and has a great work ethic, on the court and off. She will be a great teammate and a great player for us for years to come. We look forward to her joining the team."
> A 6-0 middle blocker from Cary, N.C., Spells most recently led her NCSSM team to a conference championship, leading the Unicorns with a .417 attack.
> As a senior, she was named to the Under Armour Watch List and was the 2018 Conference Player of the Year.
> Spells was named to the AVCA Phenom list, and collected North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region accolades, as well as an All-Conference selection.
> A varsity player since her freshman season, she's racked up numerous academic and sportsmanship honors throughout her career.
> Spells is as accomplished off the court as she is on the court, attending the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a highly selective and academically rigorous school named by the Washington Post in 2017 as one of America's Top Performing Schools with Elite Students.
> She earned the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence, which is given for outstanding grades, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.
> Spells is a National Honor Society Inductee, as well as her high school's National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine nominee.
> She intends to major in Bioengineering at Temple.
QUOTABLE: Kayla Spells
> "The coaching staff and the team definitely made Temple my first choice. The coaching style and team dynamic are positive and supportive, and it really feels like a family."
> "Volleyball put Temple on my radar, but the school and the city of Philadelphia feel like a perfect match for me. Temple has a way of feeling new and familiar all at once. From the first time you step on campus, there is a desire to explore and learn, but it is enhanced by the history of Temple and Philadelphia itself."