Northwestern State adds transfer Wesley for depth, experience on outside

Northwestern State volleyball added even more depth and big-match experience on Monday with the addition of Houston transfer Symone Wesley.

The 5-foot-10 outside hitter saw limited action during her rookie campaign for the Cougars but will be another dynamic, all-around player on the Lady Demon roster entering the fall season.

A product of Grapevine High School, Wesley was a four-time First-Team All-District honoree, earning Newcomer of the Year in 2015, back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2016-17 and District MVP honors following her senior season in 2018. She was also named an Under Armour All-American honorable mention that year.

The school record holder in kills (1,661) and digs (1,907), Wesley helped lead her prep teams to regional finals in each of her four seasons. On her club team, Texas Advantage Volleyball where she was a teammate of NSU libero Haley Hoang, she won Gold at the 2015 USAV Girl’s Junior Nationals 14 Open Division and the 2019 National Championship in the 18 Open Division.

“Symone had a very successful high school and club career,” head coach Sean Kiracofe said. “She has received numerous individual awards throughout her career, won several team championships and most importantly has extensive experience in playoff or championship moments that are impossible to replicate. She is a six rotation outside that can help us offensively and defensively.”

Wesley was also a member of the GHS basketball and track & field teams where she received First-Team All-District honors on the court and helped win consecutive district titles on the track earing six gold medals in the high and long jumps along the way.

Off the court, Wesley volunteered at St. John Church and with the Special Olympics and Susan B. Koeman Foundation.

“In addition to what Symone can bring to the court, every coach that you speak with talks about what a great teammate she is and how beneficial she is on and off the court,” Kiracofe said. “We are going to have incredible depth of talent on the outside going into the 2021 season.”

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