It was an emotional night on Wednesday at the Vinton County High School gym. Four Lady Viking volleyball players – Cameron Zinn, Sydney Smith, Zoey Kiefer, and Mika McFadden – signed their college national-letters-of intent to continue their educational careers and volleyball careers at four different schools.

Vinton County Head Coach Ashley Ervin noted the Lady Vikings put some amazing numbers up as a team and the four signees have much to do with it.

“The seniors have finished their high school volleyball careers with an impressive 82-17 record,” said Ervin. “They have accumulated 27 All-TVC Ohio Division honors, 25 all-district honors, along with nine Player of the Year awards, and three all-Ohio honors.”

Zinn is headed to Wheeling (W.Va.) University. The Cardinals won a national championship in 2015 and compete in the Mountain East Conference. Zinn stated it was the success of the program and welcoming atmosphere that led to her decision.

“I just love the family atmosphere the team has,” said Zinn. “I love the coach and they have a top-notch volleyball program. I'm just hoping we can win a national championship.”

Zinn takes a strong resume to Wheeling. Her career statistics include 2,600 assists, more than 1,000 digs and over 300 aces. She finished fifth in Ohio for service aces this season with 104 non-returnable serves in Division II. On her academic track, she plans to major in Nursing.

Smith is headed to West Virginia State University located in the Charleston-Huntington Metro area. They compete in the Mountain East Conference. Smith surpassed 1,000 career kills, including 336 this season, She had a 278 hitting percentage. Throughout her career, Smith finished with 1,207 career kills, 501 digs, and 162 aces. To coach Ashley Ervin’s knowledge, Smith is the only Lady Viking to reach the 1,000-kill mark. Smith is looking forward to her next chapter and explained why she chose WVSU.

“The campus is a lot like Vinton County,” said Smith. “It is very homey. My teammates are welcoming the coaches too. They have nice dorms.”

Smith plans to major in psychology with a minor in criminal justice.

Kiefer had a stellar high school career as well, finishing with 129 kills her senior season, along with 41 aces, and a team-leading 40 blocks. She finished with 401 career kills, 100 blocks, and 39 aces. Kiefer told The Telegram why she chose Alderson Broaddus.

“The scenery is very pretty there, and I like the coaching staff,” said Kiefer.

She plans to many in early childhood education

McFadden was a defensive specialist and is now on her way to the University of Rio Grande. This season, she had 122 digs, five aces, and two kills. McFadden explained she chose Rio Grande because Head Coach Billina Donaldson runs a solid program and the University’s proximity to McArthur. She plans to major in education and sees the school as a good fit for her. Rio competes in the River State Conference.

For her career, McFadden had 486 digs, 604 service receptions, 19 aces, and four kills.

The signing event included individual signs with family and friends and many pictures. Although they are going their separate ways, they shared a special time and will forever be Vinton County Vikings.