Yokota’s Bailey signs to play hoops, volleyball for Anderson (S.C)

By DAVE ORNAUER | Published: November 26, 2017

Britney Bailey, star of volleyball, basketball and track and field for the Panthers of Yokota and Guam high schools the past three-plus years, will trade blue and gold for black and gold next fall as she takes her game to a higher level.

The senior middle blocker, center and hurdler has signed a National Letter of Intent and has been awarded a full scholarship to play volleyball and basketball for Anderson University, an NCAA Division II school in South Carolina.

Bailey signed her NLI during a ceremony at Yokota High School on Nov. 16. The signing ended a lengthy process of a year during which Bailey visited nine universities in six states, including the Air Force Academy and Florida State University.

Bailey settled on Anderson, which afforded her the opportunity to play both sports and also had an engineering program, something Bailey wishes to pursue, said her mother, Dr. Helen Bailey, DODEA-Japan’s district community superintendent.

Trojans volleyball captured the SAC’s regular-season championship, coach Todd Hay was named the SAC’s Coach of the Year and four Trojans earned All-Conference honors in the SAC. Anderson (27-4) lost to Carson-Newman in the SAC Tournament semifinals and was chosen as one of five at-large selections to the D-II Southeast Region Tournament and has been seeded fourth.

Bailey attended Anderson’s summer camp “and we were impressed by her athleticism and competitive nature,” Hay said. “Her personality was also very outgoing and encouraging to those around her on the court. While there are several things she needs to work on to be ready to play at the collegiate level, we are excited to be able to work with Britney’s athleticism and energy.”

Bailey was twice named All-Far East for the two-time reigning Division II champion Panthers and earned Most Valuable Player honors in last month’s D-II tournament. She averaged 10.3 kills and 2.6 blocks for the 29-8 Panthers, who won 81 of 117 sets over the season. Prior to playing at Yokota, Bailey was an All-Island selection for her sophomore season at Guam High.

Twice Bailey was named All-Island in basketball for the Panthers, before joining the Yokota brand of Panthers. They are three-time defending Far East D-II champions, with Bailey earning MVP honors in last February’s Far East tournament. She averaged 20.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and 6.1 blocks during the 2016-17 regular season and 14.8 points and 10.5 boards during Far East.

“We’re super excited to add an athlete like Britney to our program,” said Trojans women’s basketball coach Jonathan Barbaree. “Her ability to rebound and block shots really stood out to us during the recruiting process. Offensively, she can score on the block while knocking down the open 15-foot jump shot. We look forward to watching her continued growth over the next four years.”

Trojans women’s basketball went 21-8 last season and lost in both the quarterfinals of the SAC tournament and the first round of the NCAA D-II Tournament.