“We are very excited to add Kailey to our program,” Reinhardt Eagles’ coach Jenny Hayes said. “She brings power, strength, and depth to our front row, as well as being a great student. I’m excited to see her grow as a player and person over the next four years.”
During her tenure at Sonoraville, Vaughn amassed 14 school records and helped lead SHS to a 93-49 record, including four consecutive state tournament appearances. While leading the Phoenix, Vaughn also comprised a number of individual accolades, including being named recipient of this year’s Calhoun Times and Area 6-A/AA Player of the Year awards. Rome News-Tribune named her Area Player of the Year in 2010 and Co-Player of the year in 2011.
“Kailey made tough choices as a young student-athlete here at Sonoraville that have paid off both for her and for our program,” said SHS coach Nathan Smith. “Her commitment to volleyball and to our program has contributed greatly to Sonoraville’s success.
“As the coach of a young program, one can only hope to have a player like Kailey help you establish higher aims for everyone involved,” he said. “She’ll probably never truly know all she has meant to the volleyball program here and to the athletic climate in general at SHS, particularly for female athletes.”
In addition to volleyball, Vaughn is a starter for the Sonoraville basketball team and, holds school records in shot put and discus for the school track team. She is a three-year starter for the North Georgia Rage Volleyball Club.
Academically, she sports a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. and holds a No. 3 ranking in Sonoraville’s class of 2012. She serves as FBLA President, is a member of SADD and Junior Optimists, and is a FCA huddle leader. She also teaches Girls in Action at Meadowdale Baptist Church, and is an accomplished artist. She plans to major in Business at Reinhardt.
“I expect her to continue striving for excellence while at Reinhardt, on the court and in the classroom,” Smith said. “And I look forward to watching her perform there.”