Alyssa Garrett to attend U of Indy on volleyball scholarship

 

By Joel Charron

All the time spent in the gym perfecting her craft has paid off for Alyssa Garrett.

The 5’2” Lady Gen has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) on a volleyball scholarship.

Garrett, a libero with the Lady Gens, will be the first international students athlete to play under UIndy girls volleyball head coach Jody Rodgers.

“I’m really excited,” said Garrett. “I’ve been working really hard for the past five/six years to get to this point. So I’m pretty happy with my offer and where I’m going.”

Rodgers got her first look at Garrett when General Amherst Lady Gens head coach Jeff Miller took the Lady Gens to Youngstown State for a summer volleyball camp.

“We were talking about other player, she was looking for middles and some outside hitters. It was their assistant coach who noticed Alyssa first,’ said Miller. “She said that they loved the way she played and went after the ball.”

“My first time seeing her play her leadership skills really stood out,’ said Rodgers. “She is a true competitor. She has that fiery, hates to lose attitude.”

When it came time for Garrett to send packages out to University, Miller, being a UIndy grad himself,  turned Garrett on to the university.

 

General Amherst fifth year student Alyssa Garrett will be playing volleyball for the University of Indianapolis next year.

In October, Garrett went down for a visit to UIndy’s campus and facilities and fell in love with what she saw.

“I took a tour of the entire school and the girls are great there,” said Garrett. “The classes are also small and intimate, which I really like.”

Garrett is excited to take the next step in her volleyball career, she also understand she will be moving into a new environment and will face some challenges as she moves forward.

“I’m going to have to learn to manage my time,” she said. “I’m going to be at practice a lot and working out, not to mention I’m going to have school work. Also being in the States in a new environment is going to be different but I’m looking forward to facing these new challenges.”

Although Garrett understands the level of volleyball will significantly increase, the fifth year student believes she is ready to take that jump.

“I think I’m ready. I don’t think I would be going there if I wasn’t ready,” she said.

“Alyssa has the right attitude and mind set to be successful,” said Miller. “She’s going to be a successful kid no matter what she does. I am very confident she will arrive on campus and work very hard and put forth the maximum effort.”

Garrett said she credits Miller with teaching her tools to put her in this position.

“Miller has been such an important person in my life,” she said. “He is such a good coach and cares about his players. I don’t know if any of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for him.”

Garrett’s father Pat, who is also a teacher at General Amherst, said he is “beyond proud” of his daughter.

“There has been a lot of excitement in our house the last couple of months,” he said. “I’m proud as heck of her but what I’m really excited about is I know she is going to a great school to be part of a great volleyball program.”

Garrett joins Jessica Ewer and Ashley Douglas, as Amherst liberos who moved on to play at the NCAA level.

“Alyssa reminds me of myself as a player,” said Rodgers. “She is fiery and very vocal directing traffic in the back row. With us losing our senior libero, I’m looking for Alyssa to come in and provide great competition with our returning players. She is exactly what we need to quarterback the end line in 2013.”

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