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Haley Barnes

High Point
Outside Hitter
Exercise Science


Haley Barnes boasts a 3.711 grade-point average while majoring in exercise science at High Point. The Neenah, Wisc., native will soon become a four-time Millis Scholar Athlete and has been named in the Who’s Who Among College Campuses. The outside hitter has also been named to the Big South Honor Roll each of the past three seasons and, as a team captain, led 14 of the 15 student-athletes on the team to earn that honor in 2016-17 as the program produced a team GPA above 3.0.


Barnes is the unquestioned leader of the High Point University volleyball program. At the beginning of the 2017 season, she was named a team captain for the third consecutive season. On the court, her steady leadership helped produce back-to-back 20-win seasons and led the purple and white to the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the program’s second berth in volleyball’s Big Dance. On a team full of leaders, Barnes’ teammates know they can count on her performance on the court and also go to Barnes for advice in school and life.

Often the spokesperson for the team, Barnes is the co-president of High Point Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where she leads, not only her teammates, but also the rest of the student-athletes on the campus of High Point University.

Similarly, Barnes is a member of Mercy Hill Church and leads a community Bible study.


Barnes is extremely active not only in the local community, but also across the globe. During her time at HPU she has taken part in several volunteer programs like Gifts for Kids, Miracle League, Kids Cafe and attends Parkview Elementary School’s Lunch Buddies program. In addition to that, Barnes is involved with her church’s efforts in the area. She is a community Bible study leader and volunteers in Mercy Hill Church’s kids ministry.

On a global scale, Barnes spent part of her summer of 2016 on a mission trip to Peru. The trip was with members of the Mercy Hill Church.


Barnes is one of the most decorated players in High Point University and Big South Conference history. The senior has already been selected as an All-Big South First Team member twice (2015, 2016), was runner-up for Freshman of the Year in 2014 and was the Preseason Player of the Year last year before earning Big South Tournament MVP honors.

The senior will soon become the second player in HPU’s D-I era to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She’s already amassed 1,168 kills, 966 digs, 125 blocks and 113 aces. She has been a picture of consistency, racking up at least 2.6 kills per set all four years in the purple and white while also adding at least 2.7 digs per set the last three years. The outside hitter has 44 career double-doubles, which ranks third in HPU’s Division-I era.

Barnes’ play has catapulted HPU to 44 wins over the last two seasons, the second best two-year total since the Panthers moved to D-I.