EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T volleyball added four new players who will don the Blue & Gold next season for head coach Hall Clifton.
On Friday, Clifton announced the addition of Sure Hampton (6-foot-1, MB, Ninooka Community High School, Joliet, Ill.), Chiara Napoli (6-foot-0, S, College De L’Esterel, Saint-Raphael, France), Sagaia Reilly (6-foot-0, S/RS, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Nashville, Tenn.) and Liselotte Spoormakers (6-foot-0, RS, Fonty’s University of Applied Sciences, De Mortel, Netherlands) to the A&T Aggies family.
During her career, Hampton played three seasons of varsity volleyball and earned a spot on the All-Southwest Prairie Conference team. In addition, she competed for the Uno Volleyball Club under coach Leslie Murray.
“Jada is going to be a fun player to watch in our gym,” Clifton said. “She is a middle blocker that plays bigger than her size. She is really quick off the ground, which helps her offense and her defense. Jada has a nice arm swing and uses her hands very well on the block. She will bring a dynamic presence to the net.”
Napoli joined the Saint-Raphael Team in 2019 for the Confederation Europeene de Volleyball Cup and was the youngest player in the competition. In addition, she participated in three Western European Volleyball Zonal Association (Wevza) tournaments with the French team. At the European championship in 2019, the team finished eighth.
“Chiara is a talented young player from France, who caught our eye immediately,” Clifton said. “She delivers a nice ball and runs a very good offense. She has been playing at a very high level in France with her club. She also trains within their national team program. She will add depth to the setter position and can run a 5 -1 or a 6-2. I love the experiences and knowledge she will bring from playing internationally.”
Reilly played three varsity seasons. She secured all-district accolades as a freshman and helped her team win a state title as a senior. Reilly played for Alliance Volleyball Club 18 Molten under coach Rick Hess. In 2021, the team won the Northeast Volleyball Qualifier (NEQ) and placed second in 2022.
Reilly’s mother, Tuamafa Reilly, played volleyball for two seasons at A&T, starting in 2001. She was a two-time All-MEAC selection and helped the Lady Aggies to two consecutive 20-plus win seasons for the first time in school history. Her father, Curtis Deloatch, was an NCAA record-breaking punt returner at A&T and a defensive back. He is a former NFL standout and a member of the North Carolina A&T Sports Hall of Fame.
“Sagaia brings a lot of volleyball experience to our gym,” Clifton said. “She grew up with the game because her mom is a former player and coaches volleyball. She competes at a high level and plays hard. Sagaia has a tremendous volleyball IQ and just knows how to play the game. She can also become an attacker, which will help deepen our offense. She is fun to watch and will make an impact right away.”
Spoormakers tried out for the Netherlands National Youth team and competed for ARBO Rotterdam/FAST club team.
“Liselotte will bring something to our gym we haven’t had in a long time, a left-handed attacker,” Clifton said. “Also, she brings size to the front row with her ability to block. Liselotte is a well-skilled player who has been competing in the Netherlands and has trained with their national team. Her international player experiences will give our team lots of leadership and competitiveness.”