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Kasey Talley signing her NLI to play with the Lady Mocs starting in 2011.
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - On Tuesday, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball head coach Lisa Rhodes announced the signing of Jessi Blackstock (Killen, Ala.) and Kasey Talley (Boiling Springs, S.C.) for the 2011 campaign. The players signed their National Letters of Intent during the week long early signing period that began on Nov. 10.

"Both are very good student-athletes, which is something that we pride ourselves on at the UTC volleyball program," said Rhodes. "They are players that are going to excel and vie for some playing time next fall."

Blackstock is a six-foot outside hitter from Brooks High School in Killen, Ala. She helped lead the Lions and head coach Ryan Roberson to the Alabama 4A State Tournament Finals, while recording 6.4 kills per set along with 712 service aces as a senior.

"Jessi is an outstanding outside hitter that hits the ball hard and uses a heavy hand," said Rhodes. "She is just beginning to reach her potential. I think once she gets on this level and plays against Division I competition. She is really going to excel."

She has been named to the all-state team each of the past two seasons and is a three-time all-area and all-county honoree. The multi-sport athlete also competes on the track and field squad and was the 2009 4A State High Jump Champion after a runner-up performance in 2008.

In the offseason, Blackstock plays for Coach Christ Cathran with the Quest Volleyball Club that competes in numerous regional and national tournaments.

The second signee to the Lady Mocs class was Kasey Talley, who is a versatile player that can help Chattanooga as a middle blocker or outside hitter. She has spent that past four seasons at Boiling Springs High School playing for Coach Allyson Elliot.

"Kasey can play outside as well and brings a lot of athleticism and quickness to the middle hitter position," said Rhodes. "She is a lot like Ellie [Kuhn] as far as her quickness and body type."

Talley served as the Bulldogs' captain over the past two seasons and was named to the 2010 all-state team and is a three-time all-area team recipient. Coach Sean Fitzgerald has guided the Boiling Springs, S.C., native in the spring and summer for the Club South volleyball squad.

Both student-athletes have played active roles in their communities as well serving with the National Honor Society.

The Lady Mocs completed the 2010 fall campaign on Nov. 13 with a 3-1 victory against Davidson on senior night to improve their record to 12-20 overall and 7-9 in the Southern Conference.

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