Central High School volleyball's Abigail Layne always dreamed of getting to play the sport she loves at the college level. Now, the senior will get that chance. On Wednesday, April 24, Layne signed a letter of intent to play for Berea College starting in the fall of 2019.

"It's awesome. This is something I've been wanting to do since I started playing," Layne said. "Just the fact that it's happening is a dream come true."

Layne had a remarkable career with the Lady Raiders, often helping lead the team in various statistical categories. In her final home game on September 25, 2018, Layne took off for a team-best 11 assists to secure a 25-20 senior night victory over Franklin County.

"We're extremely proud of Abigail. She's a very hardworking player, she's a hardworking student," CHS coach Andrew Taylor said. "Her service game is going to fit right in. She serves like a collegiate player and her setting capability is only going to get better. Her defense is going to get better."

Located in Berea, Ky., the Berea Mountaineers play in the NCAA Division III USA South Conference. Layne was attracted to the school due to its Christian background, as well as its smaller size.

Layne plans to study nursing and was impressed by the program Berea's medical program. 

"It just feels like home there," Layne said. "They have one of the best nursing programs in the country."

Layne is looking forward to working hard with the team this fall and making an impact any way she can.

She is thankful for the support of her parents and coaches throughout the years, as well as Berea's head coach Ashley Harris for providing the opportunity. Layne is also thankful to God.

"The fact that she's getting a four-year education, she gets automatic acceptance into the nursing program," her mother, Joyce Crites said. "She can continue that program and know that she's gonna have a rewarding career field when she finishes school."

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