Did you know that roughly only 1.1% of all female high school volleyball players go on to play division 1 college volleyball? They have to fight through things like positional competition, coaching challenges, a heavy school workload, having a job, and high amounts of modern societal pressure just to give themselves an opportunity. Even then, sometimes it’s not enough. Watching these athletes, who always fight, work hard, and push themselves when it could be easier to quit or give up, succeed is the most rewarding feeling there is. We could not be more excited and proud of our own Molly Roeder signing to play at Eastern Kentucky! Welcome to the 1%, Molly!
“I chose EKU because of the amazing coaching staff and players,” said Roeder. “As soon as I met them, I knew they were great people that were going to do great things for the program. Everyone always says you get “that feeling” when you visit the school you’re meant to be at, and I got that feeling after meeting the coaches and the team.”
The decision was made easy by the outstanding program, but the journey is almost never that simple. Molly made certain to do her due diligence and make a decision based on what would be best for her long term, not just what looked good on paper.
“i went on as many visits as possible starting the summer going into junior year,” she explained. “I always had a good idea of what i wanted to do, so I found schools that had good programs for what I wanted to study.”
Molly plans to major in a Health Sciences field with the goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant when she gets out of school. She really wants to work with cancer patients and help those individuals on their roads to recovery.
However, she is really focused on her volleyball and is excited to be apart of a program and a class that she feels will do big things.
“I am most excited to have my own little family!” she explained. “There will be 6 commits from my class and I can’t wait to have 5 new best friends! All the girls are great and I can’t wait to be apart of the EKU program with them!”
Molly spoke highly of TI’s recruiting process and assistance, also citing the annual TI Showcase as a great way to get in front of colleges and help jumpstart any college search.
Ultimately, she stayed focused on her career-long dream of playing D1 volleyball and kept her head up and her mind open.
“Remember to stay open minded!” she said. “Don’t give up an opportunity just because it isn’t what you think will be your dream school. Take advantage of every opportunity given to you!
Congratulations, Molly! As a 5-year member of #TINation, we could not be more proud! We will be following your career and visiting when we can! Any player interested in college playing opportunities or discussing options should contact recruiting coordinator, Michelle Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org).