BA star Willingham signs with Lander

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Just weeks after helping to lead Beaufort Academy to the SCISA 1A state championship, volleyball standout McCayla Willingham signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday to continue her career at Lander University.

Willingham was an all-region pick and a North-South All-Star selection this season after compiling 252 kills, 24 solo blocks, and 29 assisted blocks.

It’s the highest-profile signing for a BA athlete since soccer star Miranda Weslake inked with Clemson in 2014. Willingham plans to study psychology.

Lander, located in Greenwood, competes in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference. The Bearcats are currently 18-8 overall and 7-3 in conference play (tied for second) with two games remaining in their regular season.

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