YORK TWP. — West Virginia University has landed one of the elite volleyball recruits in the Midwest.
Buckeye setter Kamiah Gibson, who is entering her sophomore season, has verbally committed to play for the Mountaineers in the fall of 2021.
The 6-footer was actively recruited by numerous NCAA Division I programs — and made unofficial visits to Southeastern Conference schools Mississippi, Auburn and Alabama — before choosing West Virginia.
“I fell in love with West Virginia when I visited there in April,” Gibson said. “The campus is beautiful and their volleyball facilities are super cool. I have had my mind on committing there for a while, but my parents wanted me to wait because I’m so young and they wanted me to be 100 percent sure about it. I definitely am.”
Gibson was named to the Junior Volleyball Association Watch List as one of the top 1,000 prospects in the nation following her freshman year with the Bucks. She led Medina County with 688 assists and was an All-Patriot Athletic Conference selection.
Mountaineers coach Reed Sunahara and his staff extensively scouted Gibson throughout the Junior Olympic season, when she helped her Academy Volleyball Cleveland 15s squad place in the top 50 in the country.
Once they invited her to watch a scrimmage in Morgantown, she knew it was the right spot to continue her career. West Virginia is a member of the Big 12 Conference and went 21-13 last season.
“I love the coaches and their coaching style and the family atmosphere the team has,” said Gibson, who had 329 serves, 63 aces and 41 blocks in her first prep campaign. “I anticipate starting for them as long as I keep working hard every day.”
The All-Gazette honoree is slated to run a 5-1 offense again this fall at Buckeye, where she and PAC Stars Division MVP Molly Galaszewski form one of the more dynamic duos in Northeast Ohio.
“I’m really excited about our team and what we can do this year,” Gibson said. “I’ll do everything I can to work with Molly and all the girls and show everyone just how good Buckeye volleyball can be.”