By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Jan. 30, 2014) – Broad Run High School senior Rachel Hendricks has committed to play volleyball for the University of Mary Washington beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I was looking at a few schools regardless if I was to play volleyball or not, but when I went on a visit to Mary Washington, I just got the feeling that it was the school for me,” the 5-foot-9 Hendricks said. “Majority of my friends and classmates know where they’re going, so knowing where I am ending up next year and continuing to play the sport I love is the one of the best feelings.”
In 2013, Hendricks and her Lady Spartan teammates assembled a strong resume finishing 21-11 including a 10-6 record against teams in Conference 14. On Jan. 21, the Spartans lost their final game of the season in the VHSL 5A state semifinals to eventual state champion Atlee in Richmond: Hendricks had 18 kills during the match.
Weeks before the Spartans made the two-hour trek down to Virginia Commonwealth University for the state tournament, the Division III Mary Washington Eagles competed in their final match of the season falling to Salisbury in the semifinal of Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
The Eagles finished 17-12 overall including a 6-2 record in the CAC. Hendricks acknowledged Mary Washington’s coaching staff – including head coach Matt Troy and assistant coach Megan Woodard – as a reason why the Eagles had a successful 2013 campaign.
“I love the coaches, and the team is really friendly and inviting. The coaches have big goals for the future, and I can’t wait to be part of them,” said Hendricks who will play outside hitter for the Eagles. “I am hardworking and very competitive. I love the game, and I will do anything to help the team be successful and have a winning season.”
Born and raised in Ashburn, Hendricks began playing volleyball in middle school and said she has continued to improve every year since.
“I have met so many amazing players and coaches from playing. All my best friends play volleyball,” Hendricks said. “Sometimes it’s hard with all the conditioning and hours put into it, but my love for the sport keeps me going.”
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!