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Mangum making strides on the court and diamond at Averett

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CREEDMOOR Former South Granville volleyball and basketball standout Zamyiah Mangum took her sports career to another level at Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

Mangum signed to attend Averett and play volleyball for the Lady Cougars. Once there her passion for softball led her back to the diamond again.

As a freshman at Averett, Mangum played 53 sets in volleyball for the Cougars and notched 86 kills. She averaged 1.62 kills per set. She also had 11 blocks on the season. Mangum also showed her versatility with 76 digs.

“Zamyiah Mangum has a lot of potential,” Averett’s volleyball coach Danny Miller said. “She is one of the strongest players I’ve coached and can really hit a heavy ball. She saw a lot of playing time last year and expect her to take a step forward and be a solid contributor this year. She works hard and is really growing as a leader.”

Once volleyball season was over, Mangum saw an opportunity to play softball for the Cougars. Mangum played in 42 games during the 2019 season, making 37 starts in the outfield and as the designated player. She finished with a .275 batting average with 30 hits, including eight doubles, two triples and five home runs. She scored 11 runs and had 23 RBIs for the Cougars.

“Zamyiah was a tremendous force for us offensively in her freshman season,” former Averett softball coach, Natalie Ruechel said.

“She has the ability to put the ball in the gap or over the fence at any time. She put up great power numbers as a freshman with a slugging percentage of .523 while hitting five home runs, with one of those being essentially the game-winning grand slam in the conference tournament elimination game.”

Mangum earned USA South Conference All-Tournament Team Outfield honors for her performances.

While at South Granville, Mangum played 139 volleyball sets and finished with 200 career kills. She had 50 blocks, 31 digs and four aces.

Her high school basketball statistics are also impressive. She scored 1,031 career points and grabbed 518 rebounds while playing 104 total games for the Lady Vikings. She ended her career with 12 assists, 77 steals and 14 blocks.

Mangum is majoring in chemistry at Averett.