WHEELERSBURG — Marley Hanzel has been tormenting SOC opponents over her high-school career. Now, the Wheelersburg Pirate volleyball star will have a chance to torture opponents at the collegiate level.
Hanzel has chosen to sign a scholarship offer to play volleyball at the University of Rio Grande.
“It’s awesome,” Hanzel said. “I’m so excited. I’ve been talking about it nonstop in school and too everybody. I’m just so excited to play at the next level and to take it further.”
Hanzel was so convinced attending Rio Grande was the right choice, she never considered any other programs.
“I went there and I saw some of the girls, and they welcomed me,” Hanzel said. “I didn’t even know them yet and they told me I’d love it there. Plus I saw some people I already knew up there. It was pretty much just the girls. They were welcoming to me.”
Pirates head coach Kendra Coleman, who saw her first player sign a collegiate offer, believes Hanzel deserves this opportunity because of her work and dedication to the game.
“I am thrilled for Marley, she deserves it,” Coleman said. “If anybody deserves it, she does. She’s put in the work. It’s an awesome feeling to know one of my players is going to the next level to play, especially one I’ve had since seventh grade. That’s really special to me.”
Coleman believes the Red Strom will benefit tremendously by adding Hanzel to their roster.
“They are getting an outgoing, hard-working teammate,” Coleman said. “She’s going to be a great asset to that program because she brings a lot of energy and a lot of drive.”
Hanzel knows she has to adapt to a different level of play once she steps on Rio Grande’s campus.
“It’s completely different then high school,” Hanzel said. “I’m going to have to bump up my game a little bit and be ready for the college players to come at me. I think I’m going to do good. I’m ready for it.”
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