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After visiting the University of Memphis the weekend before last, Columbus East senior setter Faith Myers couldn’t wait to get home to commit to play volleyball at the school.
She didn’t wait. Myers called the Tigers coaches while en route to Columbus and informed them of her decision.
“I hadn’t really thought about it before they contacted me,” Myers said. “I talked to all the coaches, and they were encouraging. So I went down on an official visit, and it kept getting better and better as the weekend was going on. I liked everything about the campus and the rooming, and the team was nice and the coaches seemed very enthusiastic about the program.”
One of the Memphis assistant coaches is former East setter Erica Lear. She played for Olympians coach Faith Wilder-Newland in the mid-1990s and went on to play at University of Tennessee.
“I think it’s a good fit for (Myers),” Wilder-Newland said. “I know Erica and how she goes about it, and I think Faith will fit in well with their system. They’re looking for the identical kid that Faith is. She’s hard-working and has a high level of skill, but also is emotionally stable.”
Myers had been talking a lot with coaches at Ball State and had visited Marian and Army.
“(West Point) was a nice place,” Myers said. “I wasn’t sure about the military part.”
A four-year varsity player and three-year starter, Myers has 2,804 career assists, including 705 in 73 sets this season for the Class 4A No. 8 Olympians (20-9).
Myers also leads East with a .430 hitting percentage and 98 percent serving. She ranks second on the team with 32 blocks and 28 aces and third with 139 kills and 198 digs.
Bloomington North volleyball sectional
6 p.m.: Columbus East
vs. East Central
11 a.m.: Columbus North vs. Bloomington South
12:45 p.m.: Columbus East-East Central winner vs. Bloomington North
7 p.m.: Championship
“She’s matured a lot, and I think she keeps getting better,” Wilder-Newland said. “The next level will challenge her a lot defensively and in all aspects of the game. She’ll have to raise her level a little bit more, even though she’s come a long way and is very skilled.”
Myers, who has a 3.81 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, is thinking of majoring in speech therapy or speech pathology. She is relieved to have her college decision out of the way.
“People don’t realize how stressful the process is until they go through it,” Myers said. “I’m very excited. Now, I can focus on getting better and getting ready to go there.”
But first, she hopes to help lead the Olympians to a long tournament run. East, which won a regional title last season, will open Bloomington North Sectional play at 6 p.m. Thursday against East Central.
“I want of course to go to state,” Myers said. “That’s always a goal. We want to do the best we can and finish strong.”
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