A-State Volleyball Inks JUCO Standout Castanon-Hill

COURTESY: Arkansas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (5/20/14) – Arkansas State head volleyball coach David Rehr announced Tuesday that Blinn (Texas) College transfer Kariana Castanon-Hill has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Red Wolves.

Castanon-Hill, a 6-2 middle blocker/outside hitter, will have two seasons of eligibility left at A-State after completing her sophomore season at Blinn, where she was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American and helped lead the Buccaneers to a 39-3 record and NJCAA Division I National Championship.

“We recruited her to play outside hitter,” said Rehr.  “Kari is an exceptional athlete that can play multiple positions throughout the front row.  She brings a winning history to a young team.”

During the 2013 season, Castanon-Hill registered 390 kills for a 2.5 kills per set average on a .333 hitting percentage.  Defensively, she recorded 188 total blocks, including 39 block solos, for a blocks per set average of 1.21.  The 188 total blocks was the fourth-highest total in the NJCAA, while her .333 hitting percentage ranked 29th overall.

Castanon-Hill transferred to Blinn College after playing for Paris (Texas) Junior College, where she recorded 1.71 kills per set and .93 blocks per set as a freshman.  The Oakland, Calif., native competed at Albany High School and earned First-Team All-League honors as a junior and First-Team All-State as a senior.