By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 24, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Kaitlyn Kelley has committed to continue her volleyball career at Shenandoah University beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.
“I always wanted to go to a small school, and when I went to my first visit, I instantly fell in love with it,” said the 6-foot Kelley. “It also fit my field that I want to study and pursue after college which is physical therapy.”
On top of the degree programs, Shenandoah offers the opportunity to play for a rebuilding volleyball program under head coach Jaime Terenzi who will be entering her fifth season at the helm of the Division III Hornets’ program this fall.
In 2013, Terenzi – along with Loudoun County High School graduate Rachel Roberts – led the Hornets to a 14-17 record including a 5-6 finish in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference before falling to Washington & Lee University – including Heritage High School graduate Christina Kamis – on Nov. 6 to end their season. On Aug. 30, Kelley and the rest of the Shenandoah volleyball team will open up their 2014 season at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
“Going into the Hornet’s volleyball team I will bring versatility, a positive attitude and dedication,” said Kelley who will play outside hitter for Shenandoah.
Before committing to Shenandoah, Kelley played her final season for Marsha Hermes at Briar Woods High School. Last fall, the Falcons finished 16-6 before getting knocked off my the Broad Run High School Spartans, 2-3, in the Conference 14 semifinals.
In order to get the opportunity to play for the Falcons and now the Hornets, Kelley had to learn how to play from someone, and while an upperclassmen at Briar Woods, the Fairfax-product gave back by coaching youth volleyball.
“My junior and senior year of high school I have shared my knowledge and love of the sport by coaching girls middle school volleyball,” Kelley said.
Kelley started playing volleyball in the sixth grade and said she has loved playing ever since.
“I strive to improve and be the best I can,” said Kelley who plays club volleyball for NVVA. “I love being a part of a team and playing the sport with people with the same love for the game.”
Her love of the game has propelled her to the ability where she can compete at the next level and will continue to learn from coaches and peers while studying in Winchester.
“I feel relieved that I have made my decision and am excited for the next steps,” Kelley said. “I am so thankful for everyone who has helped me pursue my dream of playing volleyball at a college level!”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!