Nov. 21, 2011
ARLINGTON, Tex. - Shelby Dickson led Blinn College to an NJCAA national championship this year. Now she has her sights set on lifting UT Arlington to the next level.
The Mavericks added Dickson to their 2011 signing class, UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour announced Monday.
"We think this is a huge step for us," Seymour said. "We knew with losing two outside hitters in Tara Frantz and Amanda Aguilera that it was going to be important to find a quality JUCO player - someone with experience at the collegiate level who has taken a lot of swings. We are very excited to have Shelby come in here. We think her maturity will help us because we are going to be very young.
"We like that she comes from a winning background. This year, obviously, she had an outstanding year at Blinn and she also comes from a winning back ground in high school. She knows how to compete and we think that is huge for us as well."
Dickson will join the program in the spring - something Seymour is excited about because it will allow her to work with her teammates for more than a month before playing matches. Seymour also expects Dickson to quickly take on a leadership role within the program.
Dickson comes to UT Arlington from Blinn College, where she led the Buccaneers to an undefeated season and the NJCAA national championship this season. In the process, Dickson earned NJCAA Tournament MVP honors.
Collecting accolades is nothing new to Dickson. At A&M Consolidated High School, she received numerous all-tournament awards and was a three-time all-district performer. As a senior in 2009, she was named the District 12-5A MVP and made the all-state team.
In 2010, Dickson earned All-Region honorable mention as a freshman at Blinn.
Dickson comes to UT Arlington with two years of eligibility remaining.