Dutchtown’s Ryan Hamilton signs with University of New Orleans

Michael Tortorich
Dutchtown volleyball standout Ryan Hamilton signs with the University of New Orleans Wednesday morning at school. Shown standing from left are Dutchtown volleyball coach Patrick Ricks, brother Matthew, father David and, seated, mother Amanda.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown High School’s Ryan Hamilton may hold a school record in the javelin, but it will be volleyball that she’ll focus on as she moves to the next level.

Hamilton, a senior setter, signed with the University of New Orleans for volleyball Wednesday on the Dutchtown campus, surrounded by friends and family.

“Volleyball always has been my passion,”?she said. “The UNO was awesome. I was really excited once I saw the school.”

As a senior, Hamilton compiled 1,187 assists, an average of 28 per game. She had 78 kills.

Parents David and Amanda, along with brother Matthew, who is a wrestler at Dutchtown, won’t have to travel far to visit and attend games.

Hamilton also drew interest from colleges such as the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for her javelin skills.

Dutchtown volleyball coach Patrick Ricks said he was excited to see his former player move on to the next level.

“She’s a hard worker,”?he said. “She changed positions and took it in stride. I think whatever she does, she’ll succeed. She has a strong work ethic and a great family behind her.”