By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Tech volleyball team and head coach Jeannette Phillips welcomed another play for Golden Eagles Friday and announced the signing of Bella Powell as part of the 2023 class of signings. A Jacksonville, Illinois native, she will relocate to Cookeville after the fall semester and compete as part of Tech’s premier beach volleyball team, which will begin its first-ever season in the spring.
Outside Racket | 5’10 | Jacksonville, Illinois (Lincoln Country CC) | JNVBC (Association)
Powell spent the last three seasons at Lincoln Land CC, improving every season and breaking out with a monster 2022 campaign. The incoming junior led the team with 3.42 kills per set, totaling over 600, while averaging .55 service aces and 2.73 digs. For her efforts, Powell took home spots on both the All-Region 24 First Team and the All-Mid-West Athletic Association First Team.
During the 2021 season, the newest signing addition to the Golden Eagles ranked second on the Loggers’ roster with 3.0 kills per set for the year while making .240 and averaging 1.30 digs and 1.03 blocks per set met. Her production resulted in All-MWAC Honorable Mention honors and a place on the All-Region 24 Second Team. A true freshman in the spring 2020-21 season, Powell averaged 2.9 kills per set in 18 games. She also averaged 1.58 digs, 0.42 aces, and 0.76 blocks per set.
She attended Routt Catholic High School and competed in both volleyball and softball. On the court, Powell was a three-time team MVP and collected the honors as freshman, sophomore and junior. During her freshman prep season, she took home second-team honors from the All-Western Illinois Valley Conference before earning first-team honors as a sophomore.
As a junior, she upped the ante and earned another first team nod while representing the top pick on the all-conference team. Powell had to sit out her senior campaign at RCHS because of an injury before signing with LLCC.
“Bella is a force that we can’t wait to add to our roster,” Phillips stated. “She’s competitive and has her winning mentality. She’ll be joining us for our first beach season in the spring, giving her the opportunity to start at Tech and experience something brand new. We expect her to be ready to contribute immediately and we’re excited to see her blossom at Tech.”
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