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Converse gaining an all-star in Pate
NC volleyball standout signs with Valkyries
Madeline
NORTH CENTRALS MADELINE PATE signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and volleyball-playing careers at Converse College while flanked by her parents, Duane and Lori Pate. Standing, from left, are NCHS principal David Branham, NCHS athletic director Louis Clyburn, NCHS head volleyball coach Andy Johnson, NCHS assistant volleyball coach Nicole Gainey and Pate's Columbia-based trainer, Ryan Saco. - photo by Tom Didato photo/C-I
As the rather tall seventh-grader stepped onto the volleyball court at North Central High School, head coach Andy Johnson envisioned the hitter his program would have for the next six years. By the time that young girl, Madeline Pate, finished her career as a Lady Knight, she left as one of the most versatile and honored players in the history of the program. Now, her next step will be as a member of the volleyball team at Converse College.

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