BRISTOL, Tenn. – Head Coach Jenn Testa and the Lady Tornado softball team have announced the addition of four student-athletes to its upcoming class of freshmen. King will welcome Alexandra Spell (OF), Octavia Lewis-Rand (OF), Morgan Lowe (P), and Jordan Johnson (INF) to comprise the incoming signing class that is now seven players strong.
Suwanee, Ga. | Collins Hill High School
5-7 | Outfield | R/R
Allie will join the Lady Tornado next fall after a successful four-year career at perennial powerhouse Collins Hill School (Suwanee, Ga). During her time at Collins Hill, Spell was a part of four straight AAAAA GHSA State Championships, the most recent under Head Coach Paul Pierce this past fall. She boasts a career batting average of .374 during her time at Collins Hill and hit .306 during her senior season. Spell also plays for the Georgia Lynx under Head Coach Jay Brandelik.
She is the daughter of Samantha Spell-Goade and Todd Goade and plans to major in Biology at King.
"Allie fills an immediate need for us in the outfield", stated Head Coach Jennifer Testa. "She is a corner outfielder with really good power and has a chance to be middle of the order type hitter in our lineup."
Columbus, Ga. | Columbus High School
5-4 | Outfield | R/R
Octavia Lewis-Rand played four years for the Columbus High School Blue Devils in Columbus, Ga. In 2009, Octavia helped lead the Lady Blue Devils to a GHSA AAA State Championship. She was a member of the All-Bi-City Team her junior and senior year. This past fall, Octavia set a new record for most hits in a single season and ended her senior year with a .446 batting average, 24 RBIs, 25 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases. Octavia was also selected to the Georgia Senior All-Star Softball team and the 2011 All-West Georgia Softball Team and plays travel ball for the Georgia Athletic Challengers.
Lewis-Rand is a member of Students against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Dare to be Different, Future Physicians of America and Guitar Club. Octavia is the daughter of James and Stephany Lewis and plans to major in Biology.
"Octavia is a tremendous athlete with great instincts," said Testa. "She will give us depth in all three outfield positions and she can really go get it in the outfield. Offensively, she is very versatile and will add another dimension to the top of our lineup."
Damascus, Va. | Holston High School
5-10 | Pitcher | R/R
Morgan Lowe comes to King by way of Holston High School in Damascus, Va. Lowe helped lead Holston to 74 wins during her four-year tenure under Head Coach Lisa Blackburn, boasting a career earned run average of 0.63. For her career, Lowe registered over 900 strikeouts and was named the Hogoheegee District Player and Pitcher of the Year twice. Behind those impressive numbers, she helped lead Holston to three Hogoheegee District Championships and two State Runner-up finishes. Lowe also garnered Bristol Herald Courier Softball Player of the Year honors twice and was a VHSCA All-Star Game selection this season.
Off the field, Lowe was a four-year member of the Student Council Association, Future Business Leaders of America, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lowe played travel ball for the Natco Hurricanes of Abingdon, Va. under Coach Sam Sypes and for the Virginia Class Action Scrappers 18U for Coach Dave Beckner. She is the daughter of Eric and Tonya Lowe.
"Morgan has a chance to come in and have an immediate impact for us in the circle," stated Testa. "She has tremendous upside and we expect her to be a big contributor and really give us much needed depth on our pitching staff."
Marion, N.C. | McDowell High School
5-4 | Infield | R/R
Jordan comes to King by way of McDowell High School (Marion, N.C.). Under coaches Bill Taylor and Jimmy Biddix, Johnson was a three-time All-Conference performer and also earned All-State honors as a sophomore. For her career she registered a batting average of .390 and was also a two-time Region 7 NC State Games selection. As a senior Johnson hit .371 on her way to being named to the All-Conference team. Johnson played travel ball for the McDowell Blaze coached by Todd Miller.
She is also a member of the National Honors Society and Student Council. Johnson was also actively involved in Relay for Life and Student Serve. She boasts a 4.26 GPA at McDowell and plans to major in Forensic Science. She is the daughter of Laurie and Brian Jones.
"Jordan is extremely athletic and can play anywhere on the infield," stated Testa. "She will give us much needed depth up the middle."
The group will join previously announced incoming freshmen Hannah Smith (Bristol, Va.), Morgan White (Suwanee, Ga.), and Amber Walker (Dacula, Ga.) to make for an incoming class of seven freshmen for the 2013 season.
King finished the 2012 season with a 34-19 overall mark and were crowned Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions, the College's first tournament championship in its history, and advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.