Elizabeth Commits to Penn!
Date Posted: 5/31/2018
Q: “Congratulations on your decision to play at Penn! Can you tell us about your recruiting process to provide some insight for our younger players?”
A: "Thank you!! My first piece of advice is keep your options open!! Your list of schools will change weekly for a number of different reasons- that is okay as well as to be anticipated. By having a large list of schools, you are setting yourself up for success after facing disappointment. It's never fun to hear that your #1 choice at the moment chose another player, but if you learn to handle this news a certain way, you can better from it. Take it as motivation to amp up your communication with coaches that much more. It will be tedious and time consuming but remember how great the outcome will be! The most important thing to remember as more and more schools start to narrow down their lists, is that when one door closes, another door opens! At the time it wont't feel like it, but I assure you it will. I didn't even consider Penn until Cassie mentioned it to me about two months ago. So out of the three years I had been working on the recruiting process, I ended up choosing the school I most recently began talking to. After more doors closed, what seemed like lost opportunities, it be came apparent what was the best fit for me!"
Q: "How has Wildcat Jrs. prepared or helped you through the college recruiting process?”
A: "Wildcat Jrs. has been so helpful walking me through each and every step of the recruiting process. My freshman year, my mom and I met with Cassie to talk about what was most important to me when finding a school (whether that's academic, strength of program, etc.) and from there we developed a list of what we thought were potentially good fits for me. It was super helpful to have a foundation that early in the process, because it's really easy to become overwhelmed. After that, Kirstine helped me draft an email to send to coaches that captured who I am as a player. They taught me that recruiting is ultimately marketing yourself to coaches, so make yourself stand out by adding any accolades or impressive accomplishments, as well as ask questions so the coach has to take the time to give you a personalized answer!! From there, if Cassie or Karen heard that a school had a need for a 2019 MB, they would inform me and ask if I was interested. In doing so, Wildcats really helped me narrow down my list to a few target schools. If it weren't for Cassie who suggested I reach out to Penn, I wouldn't be where I am today. Lastly, don't be afraid to ask Karen or Cassie any questions! They are so experienced and knowledgeable with this process and always excited to help."
Q. "Is there any advice you would give our younger Wildcat Jrs. players that want to pursue playing volleyball in college?”
A: "Start early, stay on top of it, and be open to suggestions! Be proactive and take initiative when reaching out to coaches. Make a name for yourself early, so that you can get exposure and feedback from multiple coaches. Be aware of the intangibles when you play, because coaches love to see that! For example, being a good teammate, cheering loud, and giving every play 110% are all things that coaches can pay attention to. These are aspects of your game that are just as important as your physical abilities. All in all, the most important things in recruiting are to continue to work hard and push yourself on the court, while being super on top of communication off the court. And remember- it will work out!!!"