Jazzlyn Wells commits to University of Arkansas–Fort Smith

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Lebanon senior Jazzlyn Wells (pictured above) announced her commitment to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on October 7. Wells became the all-time leader in digs for the Lebanon High School volleyball program with over 1,000 digs in her career.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Lebanon senior Jazzlyn Wells announced her commitment to continue her academic and volleyball career at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on October 7.

Arkansas-Fort Smith is a NCAA Division II school and is a member of the Heartland Conference. The Lions have won 20 or more games in the past five seasons.

Wells, a standout volleyball player for LHS, broke the school record for digs in a career with over 1,000.

In her senior season, Wells was named team captain and served as the varsity libero the past three years. Wells received second-team All-District, All-Regional Honorable Mention, second Team All-Ozark Conference and Academic All-State honors as a junior and is sure to gain even more accolades when awards are announced.

Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins had high praise for Wells and the work she has put it in the past three years.

“She (Jazzlyn) is very passionate about all that she does, and it is evident her love for the game when she's on the court,” Collins said. “She welcomes challenges and has defensively made some match-saving plays to give us the upper edge. Jazzlyn was the backbone of our defense all season long. 

“We are all excited about her following her dream and playing at the next level.”

The Daily Record recently caught up with Wells to talk to her about her commitment.

LDR – Talk about your commitment to Arkansas-Fort Smith. What led you to choose them and what you liked about the campus as a whole?

Jazzlyn – The very first time I went on a visit to UAFS it just felt like home. The thing that led me to choose them was the girls on the team. They’re so sweet and inviting, and really you feel like you’re part of a family.

LDR – How do you see yourself fitting in with the team? What are some things you’ll bring to the team?

Jazzlyn – Personally, I think I’ll fit in really well with the team. I’ve known most of the girls for a little more than a year now, so hopefully, that will help our relationships on and off the court. I hope to bring energy and fire to the team.

LDR – Can you kind of reflect on the high school season and how you thought the team performed?

Jazzlyn – My high school team will always hold a special place in my heart. I love them all so much. I thought we had a fantastic season. 21 wins was a huge accomplishment for us. We may not have always been on the top, but we were always together, and that’s what matters the most. They were not only my teammates but my sisters too. They’re all great athletes, and they all have really bright futures.

LDR – What did it mean to you to break the all-time digs record in a career at LHS?

Jazzlyn – Breaking the dig record was the icing on top of a great season. It wouldn’t have made my season any worse, just simply added to the amazing year my teammates and myself had. I’m really excited to have the record now, and also very proud of myself. When all the hours you’ve put in the gym, start paying off, it feels really good. On the other hand, I’m ready to see someone else break my record because the Lebanon volleyball program is only growing from here.

LDR – Is there anyone you would like to thank for getting you to this point?

Jazzlyn – Firstly I’d like to thank coach Collins for always believing in me, always having my back and always treating me like her fifth child. I love her. I’d always like to thank my Grandpa Chuck. I don’t think he’s ever missed a game since 7th grade when I started. He’s taken me to every college visit; Helped me send out my first email; looked up information about colleges with me; kept my stats, and everything in between. He’s really been there for me, and I’m really grateful for that.

LDR – What other schools showed interest in you and what led you to UAFS?

Jazzlyn – I originally verbally committed to Butler Junior college in El Dorado, KS. After a ton of thought and prayer, I decided to withdrawal my commitment because I knew that Arkansas was home for me. When you walk onto a campus and feel that warmth of home, it’s hard to leave. Arkansas Fort Smith was my dream college, and I didn’t always know that I was going there, but I always dreamt of going there. Dreams do come true, however, so dream big. 

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