Dickinson's Schroeder, Hazen's Hansana commit to Mystics
Dickinson High senior Rachel Schroeder always knew she wanted to play college volleyball.
She just had to find the right fit.
That came in the form of Bismarck State College, where she signed a letter of intent to play beginning in the fall 2013 season.
"(BSC head volleyball) Jeni Walsh's husband coached my brother (Kyle) in baseball, so we had a family in already," Schroeder said. "I went to one of their open gyms on a Sunday and it just clicked. It felt really good.
"I knew after high school I wasn't done with volleyball."
Schroeder, a 5-foot-8 middle hitter, helped the Midgets take third place at the Class A state tournament and was named to the Class A all-state second team.
She joins some familiar company at BSC. Former Dickinson teammates Leslie Beaudoin and Madison Deibert will be sophomores there next season.
"That was actually a really big part of it," said Schroeder, who plans on pursuing a degree in exercise science. "I knew Leslie and Madi went there and they had a very successful season."
Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said BSC is a good fit for Schroeder.
"Right now BSC has a good volleyball team and she will bring energy to the floor," Schobinger said. "She plays extremely hard and she's very conscientious about doing things right. I think she'll fit in really nice."
Schroeder's teammate, 5-11 senior setter Ali Moody, verbally committed to play volleyball at North Dakota State earlier in the year.
Abby Grove, the Midgets' 5-11 outside hitter, remains undecided but has narrowed her choices to Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), Minnesota State Moorhead and Jamestown College.
Schroeder said having multiple players on the team take that next step is huge.
"It just shows that we had a lot of talent this year," Schroeder said.
The Mystics have also signed Region 7 Senior Athlete of the Year Rachael Hansana.
The 5-7 senior setter from Hazen was all-District 14, all-Region 7, Class B all-state, an Optimist all-star and District 14 Senior Athlete of the Year. She plans to major in elementary education.