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Briskey a Bison

Saks senior signs with Southern Union capping a recruiting process that all worked out in the end

Destinee Briskey, the Donoho assistant coach and former Saks player, tells a story about her sister Jordan (center table) during the current Saks senior's signing ceremony with Southern Union.

Destinee Briskey, the Donoho assistant coach and former Saks player, tells a story about her sister Jordan (center table) during the current Saks senior’s signing ceremony with Southern Union.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

It’s funny how things have a way of working out.

Saks senior volleyball player Jordan Briskey was just about to call it a career when her choices to play in college seemed to run dry. Now, she not only has the chance to play at the next level, she gets to room with another Calhoun County standout who just happens to share her birthday.

Briskey signed with Southern Union on Monday in ceremonies attended by more than 100 friends, family and teammates in the high school gym.

Her road to Wadley was a winding one. There was strong mutual interest from Gadsden State, but circumstances prevented her from going to tryouts there. They talked about setting another date, but it never happened and eventually the school had exhausted its complement of scholarships.

It offered Briskey the chance to walk on, but she was seeking more. She had just about decided to go to school for her career path when Southern Union expressed interest.

Briskey missed the first day of tryouts there, but when she got there and coach Ametrice Jackson saw her hit it once, she threw down her clipboard and said she had to have her.

The signing comes about a month after Oxford senior Breanna Nolan signed with the Bison. The two will be roommates and during the course of their conversation discovered they both were born Sept. 6, celebrations that for the next two years at least will take place during the volleyball season.

“I wouldn’t even think it would be like that, but this is so cool,” Briskey said. “I was about to give up on volleyball and just go to college. I told my coaches I don’t think it was meant to happen because I can’t get anything and then I got hooked up with (Jackson) and I was so happy.”

Saks coach Randy Law never doubted Briskey was a college level player. She was the power behind Saks’ run to the Elite Eight. But that power also came with a price. She played with a bad shoulder all season and will undergo surgery in Birmingham Friday to repair a torn labrum. If all goes well, she is expected to be back in action in July.

“That might have been what backed off some people,” Law said. “I hate to see what she could have done if she had been healthy.”



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