Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:50 pm
After a strong senior year, Sam Brenneman is extending her volleyball career and moving on to play college ball.
Family, friends, coaches and teammates gathered Thursday afternoon as she signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Ancilla College, a two-year school located in Donaldson.
Brenneman helped lead Rossville to a 22-10 record this past season and the program’s first sectional title in 10 years. She finished the season with a team-high 43 blocks and added 112 kills, which was third on the team.
“She has the utmost integrity and she works really, really hard,” said Rochelle Fakes, who finished her first season as Rossville’s head coach in the fall. “I didn’t get the opportunity to see her play last year, but I’ve been told that she has really improved her game.”
Ancilla head coach Lana Singleton also noted Brenneman’s integrity and how she’s improved as a volleyball player.
“I saw some early video and then I saw some later video, and I was just shocked at the improvement,” she said. “That has to do with work ethic and the heart to want to get better.”
“Also equally impressive is the fact that she’s an outstanding student,” she added, noting Brenneman will receive both academic and athletic scholarships.
After meeting and practicing with a few other teams, Brenneman said it was clear that Ancilla was the perfect fit.
“I really wanted a small school and when I went and met the team and the coach it felt like the right fit, and I knew it was going to work,” she said, noting the opportunity to play right away as an added incentive.
Brenneman played middle hitter for the Hornets this past season, and will play the same position for the Chargers with the opportunity of playing some outside as well. She plans on studying behavioral science at Ancilla and transferring to a four-year school to get a degree in psychology.