The Feather River College volleyball team is nothing but smiles April 17 at a special signing ceremony in the college’s gym. All nine sophomores on the team signed on to four-year universities with full-ride scholarships. Photo by James Wilson
Entire FRC volleyball team offered full-ride scholarships
The Feather River College volleyball program has a lot to be proud of. The team had an amazing season last fall with an impeccable record. Last week, the team outdid itself when every eligible player on the team signed to a four-year school with a full-ride scholarship.
To celebrate the team’s accomplishments, a signing ceremony was held in the college’s gym April 17. The team’s coach, Sarah Ritchie, made it her goal from the start of the season to garnish attention from bigger schools to hopefully give her team this opportunity.
“I am beyond excited for my sophomores,” said Ritchie. “These nine girls have put in two years of hard work and dedication and it has paid off big time.”
The team worked extremely hard this last season, she said, and caught the attention of multiple schools by dominating on the court. Feather River crushed nearly every opponent, finishing the season with a 31-3 record. In conference play, the Eagles were undefeated.
Feather River’s players received one accolade after another once the season ended. Marilyn Agae was named All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Agae was also named the Golden Valley Conference’s most valuable player, and received an all-state and all-NorCal title.
Callie Aberle was also named all-state by the California Community College Athletic Association. Lindsey Ball and Amber Hall both received all-conference selections while Jessica Voyles and Jeanette Van Sickle received honorable mentions.
Once the season ended, offers began to flood in. Ritchie spent the next four months with her team members, weighing their options. By April 17, everyone made her decision and everyone received a full-ride scholarship.
A total of half a million dollars in scholarship money was offered to the nine sophomores on the team. Each one of them will get to continue their education and won’t spend a penny doing so.
At the signing ceremony, the nine women lined up at a table. One by one they said what they will miss most about Feather River College. All mentioned their teammates and the strong bond that was formed playing with one another.
“I am very proud of each and every one of these girls and I feel confident that they are leaving FRC with the tools to be successful at the next level,” continued Ritchie.
Each player then told the crowd in attendance which school they chose and what their major is.
Agae will attend Grand Canyon University and study criminal justice. Aberle plans to study kinesiology at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Stacey Witt will accompany Aberle to Hilo to study education.
Ball plans to attend the University of West Alabama and major in sports medicine. Van Sickle is going to Lynn University to study biology. Hall will stay in the state at California State University, East Bay to study kinesiology.
Voyles will head to the University of Alabama and major in sports management. Carolann Warren plans to be a pharmacy major at Newberry College. Bailee Bradley plans to study education at William Jessup University.
All the players were noticeably excited as they got ready to sign the contracts. Ritchie then gave them their last bit of instruction as their coach.
“Ladies, pick up your pens. You are now signing your next two years of your life away!”