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Motley signs with WV Wesleyan

February 27, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON — Macie Motley inherited her mother’s beauty and her father’s athleticism.

“I’m glad it’s not the other way around,” joked Andre Motley, a former Marshall University standout wide receiver, and father of Macie Motley who signed Monday to play volleyball at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

The Huntington High School standout made her commitment to the Bobcats official, inking her name to a national letter of intent during a ceremony in the HHS library. She chose NCAA Division II West Virginia Wesleyan over several offers, including those from schools in Kentucky and North Carolina.

“I knew I wanted to go into nursing and they have an incredible nursing program,” Macie Motley said of Wesleyan. “It felt like family there and I fit in.”

A Class AAA all-state first team selection, Motley figures to help a program coming off a 7-21 record, including a 5-11 mark in the Mountain East Conference. A defensive specialist, the 5-foot-5 Motley brings intelligence and athleticism to the Bobcats. She said she definitely inherited her athleticism from her dad, whose 262 receiving yards in a 1990 game versus Tennessee-Chattanooga was a Marshall record until it was broken by Randy Moss in 1996. Macie Motley also said because her father was a college athlete, she has a better idea of what she will face at the next level.

“He’s a good dad,” she said of Andre Motley, who is also Huntington High’s volleyball coach. “He’s talked to me about what to expect and he’s pushed me to be better. He was a good football player and he told me he faced a lot of good competition and that I will, too.”

Macie Motley credited her dad and current Marshall assistant coach and travel ball coach Taylor Strickland with helping her most on the court, and her mom Kristie and dad for influencing her off the court.

That Wesleyan is a Christian college was important to the Motleys.

“Macie has great faith,” Andre Motley said. “She prays a lot. She’s a testament to what faith and hard work can do. She’s academically gifted and mature and disciplined. I told her to look how blessed she is and to seize this opportunity.”