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Carthage Volleyball Standout Iesha Bryant Commits to Tennessee

Carthage senior volleyball standout Iesha Bryant committed to Tennessee on Sunday afternoon. (Christopher Vinn,

One of East Texas’ top volleyball players now knows where she’s headed to play in college.

Carthage’s Iesha Bryant committed Monday afternoon to Tennessee, she told

Bryant said Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick watched Bryant practice Monday and she decided to commit on the spot. She had previously been committed to Lamar, but said that new Carthage head coach Leven Barker played an integral role in increasing her exposure to a major program.

“I’ve never had a coach who’s pushed me as hard as he did. From two-a-days until now, I’ve improved so much,” Bryant said. “He was really good friends with (Patrick). We started sending film up there and he came down here today to watch me practice. I talked to him after and decided to go ahead and commit.”

The athletic 6-foot-1 senior was selected to the 2012 East Texas Super Team third team as a junior, when she racked up 390 kills and 166 blocks for the District 20-3A champion Lady Dawgs.

Bryant and Carthage enter Tuesday’s tri-match against Spring Hill and Lindale in Longview with an 18-5 record. Carthage won the Tyler Invitational Tournament this past weekend, when the Lady Dawgs beat Hallsville, Pine Tree, and Saginaw Boswell to claim the title.

Bryant has no plans of changing her commitment. She’s happy that she’s SEC-bound.

“I’m sticking with this,” she said.

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