Kazia Gainer will continue her volleyball playing days as a PIRATE

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Mark Skinner | TIMES

Snead’s volleyball player Kazia Gainer will remain a Pirate for a few more years. Friday, she signed to play with Pensacola State in the fall before friends, family, staff, faculty and fans.
Gainer was a senior captain of the team this year. In her high school career, she started in 308 sets, had 206 solo blocks, 406 kills and 86 digs.
She was named Offensive MVP in the state championship game her junior and senior year.
Gainer said she was so excited to be heading somewhere she knows she will love, “I really love the Pensacola campus and the team,” Gainer said. “They were all just really welcoming when I attended the school on campus for tryouts. It just felt really warm; it felt like home.”
Pensacola State head coach Jennifer Belarmino said she’s happy to get some more offensive talent on the squad.
“I really was focused with recruiting this in bringing in strong hitters and I also have a lot of big hitters coming in terms of height,” Belarmino said. “So I think we’re going to be a lot stronger in our conference this year just because of our size alone and then we’ll be more aggressive offensively too.”
Sneads coach Heather Brinkmeyer Edge couldn’t be prouder, “Congrats to Kazia Gainer on signing with Pensacola State College. This four-time state champ has put in the work each and every year and it has finally paid off with the ultimate reward of a full ride scholarship! We couldn’t be prouder of this young lady and can’t wait to see her continue her winning tradition at the next level.”

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