NL's Amber Davenport commits to LCC
North Lenoir’s Amber Davenport, seated center, will be heading to Lenoir Community College Tuesday. Seated next to Davenport is her mother, Christy, and father, Dock, and standing next to her is Hawks coach Heather Carson. Photo by Junious Smith III / Neuse News
LA GRANGE | North Lenoir’s Amber Davenport prefers to let her play do the talking, and it’s helped her receive a college scholarship.
Davenport committed to Lenoir Community College Tuesday after a strong career with the Hawks. Over the past two seasons, Davenport helped the team to a pair of winning records, including a 16-5 record in 2018 with the team’s first sweep of South Lenoir in six years. One of the top setters in the region, Davenport had 330 assists for the Hawks.
Davenport, who plans to study biology, will join a Lancers team with ECC commits from South Lenoir’s Noelle Corwin and Kenly Hardison, and Ayden-Grifton’s Jordan Cannon.
“I really like the new coach at LCC (Lee Avery), and I wanted to stay close to home for a little while longer,” Davenport said.
North Lenoir volleyball coach Heather Carson said Davenport has been more of a quiet leader for the Hawks.
“She’s a hard worker and leads by example,” Carson said. “She’s the type of person who will run through a brick wall for the team and never complained about practice. She’s been a great asset to the team and I believe that LCC will be a great fit for her.”
Davenport said she appreciated Carson and will take the lessons learned at North Lenoir to the next level.
“Coach Carson made practice fun and it kept me motivated,” Davenport said. “It feels good to be able to play at LCC and I couldn’t have done it without her and my teammates.”
Christy Davenport, Amber’s mother, said she was excited for her daughter’s accomplishment.
“I’m very proud of her and glad she chose LCC,” she said. “She has a love for volleyball and it’s wonderful to see her reach this goal.”
Dock Davenport, Amber’s father, shared similar sentiments.
“I think it’s good that she’s staying here for at least another year and we’ll be able to see her play volleyball here,” he said.