Four girls commit to play volleyball at the college level

Jordan Bedikian

Girls’ volleyball players Zoe Baxter ’16, Josie Treadwell ’16, Kaira Muraoka-Robertson ’16 and Genny Thomas ’16 have committed to play volleyball at Washington University in St. Louis, Davidson College, Wesleyan University and Johns Hopkins University.

“I’m really looking forward to playing as a Wildcat next year” Treadwell said. “I’m extremely proud of everyone that’s committed to play collegiate volleyball. They have reached such a high level of play and I can’t wait to see how far we all go.”

For the players, it’s not easy to narrow down and choose one place to go for college; they have to make a decision not only based on the college itself, but they also have to decide which athletic program is the best fit for them.

“Wherever I went, I just wanted to love it,” Baxter said. “The moment I stepped on the [Washington University of St. Louis] campus I knew it was where I wanted to be. For me, it’s the perfect balance between strong academics and athletics, and I could not be more excited.”

Even though many players devote countless hours to school teams, club teams, and practice, only a fraction of them go on to play at the collegiate level. The players realize that college recruitment doesn’t always end perfectly, and are happy to be in the position that they are in.

“The college recruitment process is a long and grueling process and sometimes it doesn’t even work out for the prospective student,” Muraoka-Robertson said. “After playing with these girls for almost all of my volleyball career, I can undoubtedly say that they deserve this. It’s an incredible experience and [we] feel so lucky to be in this situation.”

The seniors have led the team to a 12-4 record this season and are 2-0 in Mission League. The team will play St. Lucy’s at Homecoming Oct. 4.