Warriors’ Lyric Sampson Commits to Alabama A&M for Volleyball

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Lyric Sampson (front, second from left) is joined May 21 by family and coaches as she signs her letter of intent to play volleyball at Alabama A&M. With Sampson in the front row are her father, Jibreel Dawkins; mother, Janelle Dawkins; and sister, Akilah Dawkins. Behind Sampson, from left, are Nandua Assistant Principal Tyler Blaise, head coach LeAndra Metzger, Athletic Director Luke Brinkley, and Assistant Principal Kim Giddens. Photo by Brennan Waldorf.

By Brennan Waldorf
The 2019 Eastern Shore Defensive Player of Year in volleyball is officially set to play for the Alabama A&M Bulldogs next year.

The senior made the 2019 All-Region A second team last year and has played volleyball for five years but had to forgo her senior year due to COVID-19. Sampson competed under Nandua head coach LeAndra Metzger, cracking the lineup as an outside and middle hitter.
Sampson excels both on and off the court. She will be graduating with honors this spring, finishing her career at Nandua with a 4.2 GPA. She participates in numerous clubs including Scholastic Bowl, ­BETA Club, Technology Student Association, Model General Assembly, and also competes on the softball team either at center field or shortstop.

Sampson considered North Carolina A&T, Howard, Florida Tech, Virginia State, and Xavier but ultimately decided to play at Alabama A&M for head coach Rose Magers-Powell.

“I can see myself being very successful there,” said Sampson who made her decision after a visit to the campus had her smitten on the environment and ambiance Alabama A&M provided.

The Bulldogs are a NCAA Division I team and compete in the Southwestern Athletic Division.

The Melfa student athlete will major in computer science as she tries to carve a spot on a roster filled with upperclassmen.