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Gainesville standout commits to USF volleyball



USF volleyball has picked up a commitment toward its 2012 class in Gainesville middle blocker Kayla Bivins, and her commitment could wind up having an impact on the Bulls' football recruiting class.


"I liked the campus, and the coaches are awesome. I get along with them so well," said Bivins, a 5-foot-11 rising senior who chose the Bulls over offers from Texas Tech, Winthrop, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. "It's where I wanted to go. I don't want to go far, and it's the best fit for me."

Bivins is in Orlando this week competing in AAU nationals as a member of the Gainesville Athletic Club (GAC) 17 Black team -- tonight is the event's championship match. You can check out an eight-minute highlight video showing her play from Gainesville High School here. She said one of her strengths on the court is being an emotional leader and positive influence on her teammates.

"When one of my teammates is down on themselves, I like going to talk to them, to pick them up and encourage them to do better," Bivins said. "Some players can act selfish on the court, but if you push them, they play for the team and not for themselves only."

Bivins' name is a familiar one to USF recruiting fans -- her twin brother, Chris, is one of the state's top cornerback prospects and also is strongly considering the Bulls. He recently named USF as one of his top five schools, and he'll be in Tampa this weekend for USF's "Super Bull" recruiting event.

"Congrats sis, great to be a #Bull," Chris Bivins posted on on Wednesday in response to a post on his sister's commitment.


[Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:55pm]


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