by Bill Turner
Cave Spring High School volleyball standout Shannon Craighead has made a commitment to play at Stetson University (D-1) DeLand, Florida, beginning in fall 2012.
A captain of the Cave Spring team that won the VHSL Group AA state championship in November, Craighead was the primary setter and four-year starter for Knights head coach Tamalyn Tanis.
She was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour All-American Team, Prep Volleyball All-American Team, Prep Volleyball Academic All-American Team, and is a finalist for the J. Ollie Edmunds Academic Scholarship at Stetson.
Craighead said her decision to play for the Hatters centered on Stetson’s high academic standards, as well as their program in volleyball that includes both indoor and sand volleyball teams.
She plans to major in sports management, an area in which Stetson excels with programs that include internship opportunities.
Craighead has a 4.0+ GPA at Cave Spring, is senior class president, and the current-year Cave Spring Knight, the school’s most prestigious honor.
Shannon is the daughter of Lisa and Ray Craighead.