Berringer enjoys rare visit home to EDH on road trip with North Carolina

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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It’s not often when a collegiate athlete attending a school on the east coast gets to play in front of family and friends at home on the west coast, but it happened for Oak Ridge High alum Kayla Berringer. Berringer, a 2010 graduate of Oak Ridge attending the University of North Carolina and playing on their volleyball team, came home for a tournament at UC Davis held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. While it was a road trip for the team, it was a trip home for Berringer. Berringer, thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “It was good to be home and be able to play in front of family and friends,” Berringer said. “It’s nice to have them there to support me.” Adding to the visit was the fact that Berringer and her Tarheel teammates won the UC Davis Tournament, sweeping all three opponents with a thrilling five-game win over Santa Clara and a pair of 3-0 sweeps against Utah and Davis, which improved the team’s record to 5-1. In Friday’s win over Santa Clara, Berringer’s former coach at Oak Ridge and Santa Clara alum Becky Potter attended the game, as well as some former teammates and current members of the Oak Ridge squad. “It was exciting to play well and win all three games,” Berringer said. Potter also enjoyed the evening, even though her alma mater was on the losing end. “It’s really neat to watch someone you’ve coached start and play at the collegiate level, especially someone as kind and as humble as Kayla,” Potter said. “I’m really proud of her and she’s done a great job representing Oak Ridge.” Prior to Saturday’s action, the Tarheels boarded a bus from Davis and made the trek to Berringer’s home in El Dorado Hills, where her mom and a friend served breakfast for the team. “It was nice to relax at home in a family setting with all my teammates there,” Berringer said. Berringer is looking forward to the volleyball season. “Things are going great and I just love it out here,” Berringer said. “It’s a great program, a great school and a good college town. We’ve got a nice fan base and I’m excited for the season.”