GLEN ROSE — From a volleyball standpoint, Logan Smith and Libby Hinton have been joined at the hip for the last six years.
Since the time the duo was 13, they have had a volleyball connection in which they played club volleyball together for three years and high school for three years.
Now it will continue to the college level.
Smith, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, and Hinton, a 6-0 middle, signed national letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to play volleyball at Harding University (NCAA Div. II) in Searcy, Arkansas.
“Since I verbally committed as a sophomore it’s great to finally be official,” said Smith, whose two older sisters played volleyball for the Lady Bisons.
They signed in front of family, friends, classmates, teachers, coaches, administrators and teammates in the Glen Rose High School library on the first official signing day.
“I am very proud of them,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said. “They have worked very hard year after year, year around to get the opportunity to continue playing.
Smith and Hinton, who won the 2018 USA Volleyball 17 USA National Championship in Detroit along with Glen Rose teammate Mallory Rogers, will begin their careers at Harding in late July or early August.
“It’s very special,” Hinton said. “Logan is one of my favorite people ever, so knowing I still have four more seasons with her makes me very happy.”
While Smith had two sisters who played at Harding, Hinton has a sister currently playing volleyball at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
“Everything I have worked for was to play college volleyball and now it’s happening,” Hinton said. “Since I saw my sister sign, I knew I wanted to do the same.”
Smith and Hinton were a devastating offensive duo as they racked up 560 and 554 kills, respectively. Smith also has a team-best 80 service aces.
Defensively, Smith tallied a school-record 586 digs and Hinton logged a school-record 120 blocks (16 solo).
“It definitely feels like my hard work over the years has paid off. Back when I was 11, my mom asked me if I wanted to play club and I was so excited about it,” Smith said. “Now that I’ve finished club and my high school careers, I’m so ready for the next step to play at Harding. The long practices, far drives to TAV and Tejas, and extremely hard workouts have all mentally and physically prepared me for Harding.”
In 2018, the Lady Bisons (26-7, 15-1) won the 2018 Great American Conference regular-season and tournament championship and earned a berth to the NCAA Div. II Tournament.