Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Former Berkeley Stags volleyball great Amanda Hill was named to the Big South Conference’s All-Decade Team this week.
Hill, who starred at Charleston Southern where she was a four-time All Big South Conference star and Big South Player of the Year, played volleyball for three seasons on the professional level in Sweden before retiring this summer.
Hill said playing professionally gave her a chance to see the world.
“I loved playing volleyball and playing overseas gave me a chance to experience cultures and meet people from all walks of life,” Hill said.
In addition to three seasons in Gislaved, Sweden, Hill also included trips to Rome, Paris, and London and the U.K. in her travels.
But, she said, it was time to come home and begin the next phase of her life.
Being named to the Big South Conference All Decade Team is the cherry on the chocolate sundae of her volleyball life, now behind her.
On the honor of being named to the 2000-2009 Big South All Decade Team, Hill said the news came as a complete surprise.
“I knew nothing about it. I didn’t hear anything of it until a lady from my college put it on Facebook and tagged me in it, but when I sit back and think of what it really means, I realize it is truly a great honor and I am very blessed to have been one of the chosen players out of so many great athletes.”
Hill’s play on the volleyball court has become the stuff of legend around Berkeley County’s volleyball circles.
“Nobody could jump like Amanda Hill,” said Timberland volleyball Coach Joy Elizondo.
Upon graduation from Charleston Southern in 2009, Hill received an offer to play professional volleyball in Gislaved, Sweden and after some soul searching decided to jump at the once in a lifetime opportunity. Hill played for three seasons until calling it quits earlier this year.
“Playing professional ball overseas was the best decision I have ever made,” she said. “I think traveling is the greatest experience anyone can have. It is sad when I think of the great time I had and the amazing people I met, but it was time for me to start the next chapter in my life.”
Hill said it was time to move on.
“My world has centered around volleyball for 12 years and I want to step away from it and make my mark on life in something new,” Hill said. “I’m not sure what it is just yet but I am happy with my decision to throw in the knee pads.”
Hill currently lives in Summerville and is looking to make her mark in the business world.
She closes the book on what was one of the most stellar volleyball careers in Berkeley Stags and CSU Buccaneers history.