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Aquino signs first recruit of 2024


Salkehatchie volleyball has signed its first recruit for the 2024 season: Zimora Owens. Owens is from Lake City, Florida where she is a dynamite middle hitter. She will major in athletic training.


Coach Aquino is excited about what Owens brings to the team dynamic.


“I’ve had my eye on Zimora for over a year now. She’s explosive at the net, pulls in incredible stats and is a true team player. Zimora is a stellar student and athlete. She works hard in the classroom and puts in extra hours on the court,” Aquino said.


Owens made her decision after touring the Walterboro campus.

“When I arrived at Salk, Coach Crowder [men’s basketball assistant and recruiting staff member] was very knowledgeable of the campus and staff, which added to my decision to attend USC Salkehatchie," Owens said. "The way he explained how the professors here want to see me succeed was very important; education is everything to me. Coach Dani made me feel welcomed and part of the family. During our talk she was very patient and took the time to answer my questions.”


Salkehatchie volleyball captains Jessica Fluharty and Sydney Kashner were also impressed with Owens.


“She seems awesome - so real and down to earth. She is going to fit into our team dynamic so well,” they said.


Owens says meeting members of the current team helped her make her decision.

“When I met my soon-to-be volleyball sisters, with their well-knit sisterhood, our conversation cemented my decision to become part of the Salk family,” she said.


Owens will join the team as a middle hitter alongside Connelly Smith, last season’s NJCAA Region 10 All-Region award winner.


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