Francis signs with DMACC

Story and photo by Joe Randleman
Francis signs with DMACC

Erin Francis grew up from a Cub to a Bear after the Nevada senior signed a Letter of Intent to play women’s volleyball at DMACC Monday in the Nevada High School Field House.

Francis, the daughter of Jim and Mary Budd of Nevada, earned a lot of attention her senior season after helping the Nevada volleyball team win a state championship in Class 3A.

Francis was named second-team all-state in 3A by Iowa Girls Coaches Association in 2015. She had 254 kills and 37 blocks at outside hitter; she was also a valuable weapon in the back row with 226 digs and serving the ball with 52 aces on a 93-percent serving rate.

“I was looking for a sixth-rotation outside hitter and I saw her at the state tournament - when you can play at that high level under that kind of pressure, that’s the kind of kid we’re looking for,” DMACC head volleyball coach Patty Harrison said. “When she was at our open gym, I threw her into different spots and she could play all of them. That’s something I needed. She’s very much a utility-type player.”

Francis said the Bears were a good fit for her to start out her collegiate career.

“I really like the team and the living areas,” Francis said. “The location in Boone is good for being far enough away (from home), but also being pretty close.I really like the way they play and it will be fun to play (there) for the next two years, for sure.”

Francis said that after her two years with the Bears, she is hoping to transfer to a four-year school to continue her volleyball career. Francis is planning to major in psychology for her undergraduate degree, then go to graduate school for physical therapy.