By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(November 8, 2013) – Loudoun County High School senior Jane Feddersen has committed to continue her volleyball career in state at Virginia Commonwealth University beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“After visiting so many different campuses and meeting with many different coaches, I felt that the combination of the school, location, coaching staff and team was the right fit for me,” the 6-foot-2 Feddersen said. “The city appeals to me because of all the diversity and opportunities that come with it and how close everything is to the school.”
Feddersen has been close to the VCU campus many times as she has made the journey to the Seigel Center – the Division I Rams home court – to play in two state postseasons including a playoff run that ended with a VHSL AA state title in 2012.
“I would love to play one last time as a high school athlete with the Raiders in my future college arena,” said Feddersen who will one day play middle hitter for the Rams at that same arena.
The Rams will try to make some noise of their own this year as they are currently 24-5 overall and 11-1 in the Atlantic-10 Conference where they remain in first place. Feddersen – who will join Freedom High School graduate Kaitlyn LaMantia at VCU – hopes to bring a positive attitude as she continues on her path of volleyball success.
“I know I will thrive under [VCU] coaches Jody Rogers, Kyleigh Gerlach and Chad Gatzlaff, and I can’t wait to be a part of the Ram nation,” said Feddersen who plays club volleyball for Virginia Elite. “I have been known as a coach-able and dynamic player. My diversity and ability to adapt to different positions on the court will help me and contribute to the team’s strength and hopefully provide a positive impact to the team.”
Feddersen’s adaptability is continuing to help the Raiders as they look to add another state title to their resume. While Feddersen served on the varsity squad, Loudoun County is 81-3 (…and counting!) with playoff games still to come this season. The Raiders will host Fauquier on Tuesday, November 12 at 7pm in a 4A North Region quarterfinal.
“We play our best when everybody is pumped up and enthusiastic and supportive of each other, so we will always continue to improve with our goal to be the last team standing,” the Leesburg-native said.
Reminiscing on her four years with the Raiders’ program, Feddersen says much of Loudoun County’s success is owed to head coach Jenica Brown, who Feddersen says she’s been blessed to play for.
“I’ve made some of my best friends through the program, and the chemistry on the team really works to our benefit, both on and off the court,” said Feddersen who was named to the first-team All-Conference 21. “We learn from and push each other, and there are no days off, because everybody has a shot at a position on the court, and you have to fight to get better as a team every day. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the experiences I’ve had being a part of this legacy as it has surely helped to define me.”
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. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.