PREP ATHLETICS: Marshall’s Whitney Schwartz signs NLI to play volleyball at University of Minnesota Morris

Photo courtesy of Marshall Athletics Surrounded by her friends and teammates, Marshall’s Whitney Schwartz (center) signs her National Letter of Intent on Monday to play volleyball at the University of Minnesota Morris.

MARSHALL – Marshall’s Whitney Schwartz has been playing volleyball for as long as she can remember. She started playing club volleyball in fourth grade and instantly fell in love with the game.

This past weekend Schwartz played in her final match as a Tiger at the Class AA state tournament. It was a sad moment for Schwartz taking the court for the Tigers the final time. Luckily for Schwartz her volleyball career will continue at the University of Minnesota Morris.

“I just always wanted to play college volleyball,” Schwartz said. “I just can’t imagine myself not playing volleyball. I love this sport and I wanted to keep going. I like the team aspect. I love getting to know my teammates and getting close with them. In order to be successful you have to have tight knit group.”

Schwartz said that there were a number of factors that played a role in her choosing to commit to Morris. One of the biggest reasons was the similarities between the Marshall volleyball program and the volleyball program at Morris.

“The atmosphere there is a lot like Marshall,” Schwartz said. “Everyone goes to everyone games. I went to one to one of their games and loved the atmosphere. Everybody was there to support the team and I love that. That was a big factor. It’s also close to home.”

Schwartz finished her senior year as a Tiger with 185 kills and 70 blocks. She played a key role in the Tigers finishing with a 26-8 record and a fourth place finish at the state tournament.

Being a part of a team is the number one reason Schwartz loves the game of volleyball. Schwartz said she’ll miss taking the court for the Tigers, but said she’s looking forward to getting to know her new teammates next year at Morris.

“I’ll miss the home games,” Schwartz said. “I love the student section and all the fans that come and support us. I loved playing with my teammates and for my coaches. I’ll miss playing with them next year.”