Lulu Commits to Babson!
Date Posted: 10/13/2018
Q: Congratulations on your decision to play at Babson! Can you tell us about your recruiting process to provide some insight for our younger players?
A: I absolutely loved the recruiting process and really enjoyed every minute. I started seriously at the beginning of sophomore year. Ironically in my head I initially wanted to go to a big D1 school in the south. I partnered closely with KJ who helped me on my personal journey of what was most important to me in a school Ultimately I discovered that I valued a college that was a good fit academically above the athletics. With that knowledge, I began sending my reel to schools that fitted the profile. It's really important to not get discouraged when a college rejects you. think of it being one step closer to your final choice! As I began to narrow down, I asked the coaches of the schools if I could visit. Most colleges have summer camps, which was an ideal way to see if the school has the right vibe for your personality. Babson didn't have a summer camp but I went up there any way to meet with the coaches and see the school. A couple of months later I went back again to meet the team and watch them play competitively so that I knew that I was a good fit socially and physically for the team. I continued to send highlights, and I was in regular contact with the head coach at Babson who was amazing to me. I continued to ask where I was on his shortlist for the 2020 roster and he would always tell me that I was #1. At that point we decided to make it official and I can honestly say it was the most exciting day of my life.
Q: How has Wildcat Jrs. prepared or helped you through the college recruiting process?
A: I simply cannot thank each and every coach enough - I would not be where I am today without these amazing people and this incredible organization. In 8th grade I had Ryan O Malley when I was a regional player. He made me believe in myself and told me there was no doubt in his mind that I was an elite player. He really was the coach that made me LOVE volleyball. He gave me the drive to be the best I can be every day. I worked really hard to condition myself that year. When I made the elite team the following year Kirstine and Jenn were fabulous and provided me with lots of advanced tips (like watching the blockers hands when hitting) and that really elevated my game. They also taught me to be the most positive player OFF the court, and to cheer, and be supportive. You can be as much of an influence off the court as you can on! This was something that the coach at Babson also valued. Last year, with Cassie and Craig, in addition to me getting really fit, they elevated the mental aspect of the game. All my previous coaches have stayed in touch which has been an incredible support for me. Finally Cassie Rose, who is always there for me and never stopped sharing my dream.
Q. Is there any advice you would give our younger Wildcat Jrs. players that want to pursue playing volleyball in college?
A: Yes, I have lots, but Im a bit of a talker as you know.................
Do not ever be afraid of rejection.
Reach out to anyone, there is no penalty for reaching out to a school you think you might not get into.
Keep your options open.
Attitude is EVERYTHING - be positive and be a good team mate.
Don't get sidetracked with everyone else's journey - just focus on you!
Stay clean - stay away from vices.
Think about schools that you would want to go to, even if you didn't have volleyball.
Remember volleyball is for 4 years, your education is forever.
Don't get hung up on the D1 pedestal. There are lots of scholarship options out there.
Never stop believing in yourself.