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Shorter lands South Effingham volleyball standout
Ginger Vorel
South Effingham's Ginger Vorel gets ready to take pose for pictures with her family, friends and teammates during Thursday's signing ceremony. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON — Shorter University is about to get considerably taller.

South Effingham’s Ginger Vorel is set to attend the NCAA Division II school and play for its volleyball team this fall. Vorel is a 6-foot-3 middle hitter.

Vorel didn’t say much when afforded the opportunity to speak during her signing ceremony in the South Effingham media center Thursday. She simply thanked her parents, coaches and teammates for their contributions to her success.

Later, Vorel said, “It’s just the beginning of a long career.”

Vorel has been a mainstay for South Effingham’s volleyball team. She earned All-Region 2-AAAAA honors as a junior and senior, and was named the Lady Mustangs’ top offensive player both of those years.

In addition, the future Lady Hawk led the Lady Mustangs in kills and blocks the last two seasons.

“This is really special for me because when I got here Ginger was just a freshman,” Lady Mustangs head coach Chancey Garrett said. “I got to see that player transform into the amazing athlete that she is today and I am so, so proud. Not only being awesome on the court, but Ginger was always working on homework on the bus, making sure got all her stuff done.

“She did whatever she could to make her dream happen.”

Vorel had a couple reasons for selecting Shorter.

“It’s closer to home than some of the other schools I was looking at and there are some people from here who went to that school ...,” she said.

“This is a big deal and I can’t want and, I’m sure everyone agrees, we can’t wait to see what you do in the future,” Garrett said.