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Eight Lady Bulldogs will move on to four-year schools

Eight Lady Bulldogs will move on to four-year schools

Eight of the Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs soccer players recently signed letters of intent or verbally committed to four-year institutions. Those players included Samantha Abrams of Pearl; Rachel Hartley of Mobile, Alabama; Kaitlin "Kate" Hill of Olive Branch; Emily Murray of Niceville, Florida; Jaci Murphy of Gulfport; Catherine "Cat" Petro of Kosciusko; Micaela Robinson of Moody, Alabama, and Ashley Whitley of Flowood.

"We are extremely proud of this group of sophomores," Women's Soccer Associate Head Coach Wesley Noble said. "These girls have been a pleasure to coach and once again they have represented this program and school in such a positive way. Each one of these universities are getting fantastic players as well as fantastic young ladies. This is a group of young women that strive to be excellent on the field but also in the classroom. Also, this is the most girls that we have put into the next level in program history and it is all due to the attitude and drive of these ladies."

Abrams, daughter of Heather Stephenson, recently signed with Belhaven University to play defense. A graduate of Pearl High School, Abrams plans to become a special education teacher. Hartley, daughter of Angela Hartley, is a graduate of Murphy High School. She will play center back for the Auburn University at Montgomery. Hill, daughter of Rodney and Kim Hill, also recently signed with Belhaven to play defense. A graduate of Lewisburg, Hill plans to eventually become a physical therapist assistant and athletic trainer.

Murray, daughter of Bethany Little, is a graduate of Niceville High School. She has committed to serving as goalkeeper for Louisiana State University of Alexandria. Murphy, daughter of Jason and Shelley Murphy, signed with Belhaven to play center midfielder and defense. She is an exercise major who plans to become an occupational therapist. Petro, daughter of Bee and Penny Petro, is a graduate of Kosciusko High School. She has also signed with Belhaven to play center midfielder. Petro is an exercise science/kinesiology major who plans to become an athletic trainer.

Robinson, daughter of Stacie Robinson, will play forward for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is a graduate of Moody High School whose career ambition is to become a registered nurse. Whitley, daughter of Robert and Ruth Whitley, is a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School. She has signed on to play forward with Belhaven and plans to become a physical therapist in the U.S. Army.

For more information on the Holmes Soccer Program, contact Men's and Women's Head Coach Matt Convertino at or (601) 605-3412.