Jane Commits to Carnegie Mellon!
Date Posted: 2/5/2020
Q: Congratulations on your decision to play at Carnegie Mellon University! Can you tell
us about your recruiting process to provide some insight for our younger players?
A: "During my sophomore year, I started making a prioritized list of what I wanted in a school:
academics, location, religion, size, athletic division, and scholarships. I used those criteria to
make a short list of schools I was interested in. This was one of the most important steps I took
in my recruiting process because as you start to make your profile and talk to colleges you’ll get
emails from a host of random schools. It’s easy to be wooed by Division One schools or
colleges in exotic locations when they might not be a good fit. Having a set of criteria kept me
from being distracted and gave me an easy reason to turn down universities when approached
by a school I wasn’t interested in. I emailed my list of schools sophomore year as well as
throughout junior year. I was invited to the Carnegie Mellon volleyball camp the summer before
my junior year and I loved it. I remember driving into Pittsburgh and knowing I was in the right
place. I loved the vibe in the gym and the coaching staff, and I played well with two girls
committed the year above me. During junior and senior year, I kept in monthly or quarterly
communication with Carnegie Mellon and a few other schools on my list. Carnegie Mellon’s
coach always watched my courts at the big qualifying tournaments, which made me confident
they were as interested in me as I was in them. I kept Coach Bock updated as I took the ACT
and I sent game film. I made an academic visit as well and made sure my grades and
extracurriculars met overall admissions office criteria. The summer before my senior year I did a
pre-read, which means I sent my test scores and official transcript to Carnegie Mellon to see if I
would fit academically. I applied Early Decision and was accepted."
Q: How has Wildcat Jrs. prepared or helped you through the college recruiting process?
A: "Right when I started recruiting, Wildcat Jrs. gave me a set of questions to answer regarding
college and volleyball and it was super helpful in making me understand what I wanted in a
school. My coaches also checked in with me throughout each season to see where I was and
what I needed. Additionally, the coaching and conditioning I got at Wildcats turned me into a
college-ready volleyball player."
Q. Is there any advice you would give our younger Wildcat Jrs. players that want to
pursue playing volleyball in college?
A: "Learn to love hard work. Your coaches are going to push you to be the best you can be and that
often means hard practices and difficult drills. Your coaches give you constructive criticism not
because they dislike you, but because they believe in you and know you can be better. Learning
to be coachable and not give up during conditioning is what’s going to make you a good
volleyball player. At the end of the day, we play volleyball because it’s fun and it’s important not
to lose sight of that. Also, know what you want. Like I said, it’s really easy to get distracted by
some of the first schools that email you. Before you start recruiting you should know what kind
of school you are looking for. It may change as you get older but you are the one who has to
spend four years at your college so make sure you’re going somewhere you’ll be happy, even if
that means turning down some great schools."