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Local volleyball standout signs with North Texas, will graduate a year early

Weatherford’s Reagan Hubbard signs with UNT

Reagan Hubbard, a 2019 libero, signs early and will enroll at UNT in the fall where she will continue her volleyball career.
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Reagan Hubbard, a 2019 libero, signs early and will enroll at UNT in the fall where she will continue her volleyball career.

Weatherford’s Reagan Hubbard will continue her volleyball career at the University of North Texas after she signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

She will forgo her senior season because of early graduation and will enroll at UNT in the fall.

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Reagan Hubbard signs her NLI to North Texas, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Brian Gosset bgosset@star-telegram.com

“I had no doubts. I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Hubbard said. “I like UNT because it’s super close to home. The campus is awesome and all the girls are nice.”

Hubbard, who has played for Club Texas for the past nine years, was a first-team all-district pick at Weatherford during the 2017 season. She was also academic all-district.

The starting libero played in 128 of 129 sets and recorded a team-high 549 digs in 2017. She added 33 assists and 32 aces, and recorded 10 or more digs in 26 games.

Telling head coach Nicholas Gay wasn’t easy at first.

“Once I decided I was going to leave early I told Coach about it,” Hubbard said. “He was a little shocked, but he said he’d support me all the way through.”

Telling the seven returning players was even tougher.

“It was rough because I’m going to miss them a lot, but I’m not too far and I’ll still see them as much as I can when I come home,” Hubbard said.

Aledo’s Hannah Jones and Weatherford’s Carissa Barnes play club with Hubbard. Her coaches, teammates and family watched her sign.

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Reagan Hubbard (white shirt) with her club teammates after signing with North Texas, Wednesday June 20, 2018. Brian Gosset bgosset@star-telegram.com

“Thank you for being my sister for the past six years,” Jones told Hubbard.

“I love you Reagan and I’ll miss you,” Barnes told her.

Hubbard isn't the first from the program to graduate early. Setter Kaitlyn Rogers, who was voted volleyball player of the year and female athlete of the year at the Star-Telegram's Tomlinson Honors, and middle blocker London Austin-Roark both graduated in December and finished their first semester at Texas A&M.

The Kangaroos had their best season in program history, finishing 41-7 and making it to the regional tournament for the first time. They were co-district champs and won their first playoff game in 16 years.

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