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La Salle-Peru senior Rachel Hunt (seated, center) signed Wednesday to play volleyball for Clarke University. She was joined by her parents Dave and Diane Hunt (seated), La Salle-Peru coach Mark Haberkorn (standing, left) and L-P assistant Lynee Strand. NewsTribune photo/Brandon LaChance
La Salle-Peru senior Rachel Hunt wasn’t necessarily looking to continue her volleyball career, but when she found out she could have both the education program she wanted and play volleyball, she jumped at the chance.
Hunt signed Wednesday to play volleyball at Clarke University, an NAIA school in Dubuque, Iowa.
“I was originally looking at it for physical therapy,” Hunt said. “I was trying to get into their direct admission program, so we went up there and visited and toured the school. I was accepted to the direct admission program, which I was excited about. Then we started talking to the volleyball coach (Chris Miron) and I discovered I had an opportunity to play volleyball there.
“I thought about it some and then I decided I wanted to take the next step and continue my career.”
The friendliness of the Lady Crusaders enticed Hunt to play because it seemed like a family environment, which was similar to what she was a part of with L-P. “Once we ended at state, it made me really excited to keep playing volleyball,” Hunt said. “If we would have ended badly, I would have been like ‘OK, I’m done,’ but since we got to the state championship, it made me realize how much I love volleyball.”
Hunt, known as the “South Tower” on the Lady Cavs’ Class 3A runner-up team, tied for second in the area with 0.8 blocks per set — a team high — fifth in points with 3.3 per set and added 1.9 kills per set.
“Rachel is an outstanding individual in our program,” L-P coach Mark Haberkorn said. “She is one of those players who works hard every day, has a smile on her face and brings a lot of energy.”
Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6995, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.
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