November 7, 2006
Albany -- Albany State senior middle hitter Alona Brinson has won a conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament each of her four years at ASU.
"It feels good," says Brinson. "I feel like I just completed a whole dynasty. I'm so happy."
ASU head coach Robert Skinner says, "She's been a big motivater for the team this year, and we know we couldn't have done what we did without her this year."
Brinson says it was different playing as a senior this year.
"Everybody expects so much of me because I'm a senior," says Brinson. "Everybody expects me to carry the team and be on top, and no mess-up's because I'm a senior. But it's been fun carrying the team, it really has."
Brinson is hoping her volleyball career continues after she graduates.
"I'm definitely trying to go overseas, if I get the chance," says Brinson.
Skinner says, "She wants to go overseas and possibly have the chance to play volleyball, and I hope she can fulfill her dream one day."
Playing in the regional tournament should be a big benefit.
"It's kind of who you know, what you know," says Brinson. "That's why I'm glad we won the conference, because the scouts are at the tournament in the regionals. That way they get a chance to look at me. Even if we don't make it that far, they're still there."
The Lady Rams face off against the top team in the nation in the first round, and Brinson says she's going to let it all hang out.
"I'm just going to play. I don't have anything to lose. I'm just going to give it all my heart, give it all I got, and just be ready to play."