Christina Commits to Brown!
Date Posted: 5/18/2015
Q: “Congratulations on your decision to play at Brown! Can you tell us about your recruiting process to provide some insight for our younger players?”
A: "Thank you so much! Ever since I began volleyball, I knew that I wanted to play in college. When I was 16, I started my recruiting process by emailing various college coaches. I created a pretty extensive list of schools that I was interested in so that I could keep my options open and begin narrowing the list down. I began corresponding with a few coaches, which I believe is one of the most important parts of the recruiting process! Starting communicating early and staying on a coach’s “radar” is SO important! By the end of my 16s year, coaches came to watch me play at some of our big tournaments, so I had a pretty good idea of what schools were interested in me. I also did a lot of research on the schools I wanted to play at and broke down the positives and negatives of each school. In the summer, I went to Brown’s volleyball camp and met the coaches and some of the girls on the team. I loved the style of the coaches and the atmosphere of being in Brown’s gym. The school itself was incredible and somewhere I have dreamt of going since I was little. Brown is extremely unique in its education. It has an open curriculum, which allows students to take classes in a variety of areas, instead of just their concentration. This gives students an opportunity to become well rounded academically, which is one of the many reasons I love Brown. It has always been my dream to play in the Ivy League, so the combination of the awesome coaches, team, campus, and academics were all factors in knowing that Brown was the place for me!"
Q: "How has Wildcat Jrs. prepared or helped you through the college recruiting process?”
A: "Wildcat Juniors has played a crucial role in my recruiting process. All of my coaches at Wildcats have played or currently play competitive volleyball in college, so they know exactly what the girls our age are going through in terms of recruiting. In addition to being knowledgeable about the process, Wildcats has incredible training. All practices are difficult and competitive, and the coaches know exactly how to push you to make you the best player possible. These things prepare any Wildcats player for an extremely high level of volleyball in the future, which is why I am so grateful to the coaches for everything they have done to help get me to the point I am at today."
Q: "Is there is any advice you would give our younger Wildcat Jrs. players that want to pursue playing volleyball in college?”
A: "I think that keeping in communication and developing a relationship with college coaches is fundamental in recruiting. College coaches are extremely busy and get hundreds of emails a day! Make sure you are not afraid to put yourself out there, especially if playing in college is your dream. Call coaches (even though it is scary!), make a highlights tape, and send out your schedule so coaches can come and watch you play. Wildcats teams attend so many competitive tournaments where there are many college coaches, so make sure to contact them and keep them updated! Also, remember to give maximum effort on the court at all times. Coaches know that everyone makes mistakes, but if they see you playing as hard as you can, they will probably keep their eye on you. A player who gives it her all and has a good attitude is one that fits it on nearly every team!"