Leesburg, Va. — Loudoun County High School junior Josi Williams has made a commitment to continue her volleyball career at the University of Virginia starting in the 2019-2020 academic year.
“It feels amazing to be committed to college,” the 5-foot-4 Williams said. “I have dreamt of this since I was in middle school, and I am very grateful for the amazing opportunity to play at such a great school as UVA.”
The Division I Cavaliers are coached by Aaron Smith — who finished his first season at the helm of the program this past season after serving the previous season as associate head coach and the four before that as an assistant coach.
“I chose to commit to the University of Virginia because it felt like home,” Williams said. “Throughout my recruiting process, I’ve been searching for a school that will have a good balance of academics and volleyball. I am confident that UVA is the place that will allow me to succeed both on the court and in the classroom. I also really love the coaching staff and players and I am very excited to be a part of the UVA volleyball family.”
When the defensive specialist hits the court for the Cavaliers in August of 2019, she will be able to not only provide the experience of winning championships but also her passion for the sport overall.
“I have a passion for volleyball and I think it shows through the energy I play with,” Williams said. “I am excited to contribute this to the team.”
Williams is very accustomed to winning, as during three seasons at Loudoun County, the Raiders have compiled a 108-7 record which has included winning back-to-back-to-back VHSL 4A State championships.
“Loudoun County Volleyball is a dynasty that I am proud to be a part of,” Williams said. “It has been quite a journey with each new season trying to maintain the legacy. It has been an honor to have been a part of winning the eighth, ninth and tenth state LCHS titles along with some amazing teammates.”
Williams — who plays her club volleyball for Metro Volleyball Club of DC — mentioned that her sister is the one that got her into the sport that she now cherishes.
“My older sister — Addi Williams — got me hooked on volleyball when I was in elementary school,” the 2017 All-LoCo honorable mention said. “She would teach me and play with me in our front yard, and it wasn’t long before I was asking my mom to play on a team. I played on my first team when I was in fifth grade and haven’t stopped loving it since. I have learned so many lessons and met so many amazing people through the sport, it is truly is an honor to be able to continue my career into college.”