COLUMBUS — Elley Beaver’s college decision came down to academics.
Not because one school offered a specific major the other didn’t. Northeast Community College simply had more to offer the Scotus Central Catholic senior, since she hasn’t decided on a major yet.
“I feel like they have more majors and more opportunities for me,” said Beaver, who signed her letter of intent Tuesday to play volleyball for the Hawks.
Now, she’ll have to get used to calling her Scotus teammate a rival as Shania Borchers signed to play at Central Community College.
“I’m really excited to do that,” Beaver said. “It’ll be a lot of fun to compete against a former teammate and a friend.”
Volleyball was taken out of the equation in her decision as both Northeast and CCC have successful programs and made the national tournament last season. It was purely an academic choice.
Northeast head coach Amanda Schultze is thrilled to have Beaver joining her team.
“She’s just a great person to be around and I think she’s going to fit in great with our team,” Schultze said.
After playing right-side hitter as a junior for the Shamrocks, Beaver moved to outside hitter this season, taking on more of the offensive load.
“That’s a challenge because the outside hitter has to handle balls that aren’t in system,” Scotus head coach Janet Tooley said. “She really worked hard at that and was willing to do whatever was needed for the team.”
Beaver led Scotus with 237 kills and 41 aces this season, helping the Shamrocks to a 17-11 record and spot in the subdistrict final. She also showed her defensive potential with 107 digs and 37 total blocks.
Schultze plans to make the most of that versatility.
“We’re going to work on her back row, too, so hopefully she’ll be able to play some defense. She’s very strong at either pin,” Schultze said. “Wherever she’s at she’s going to help us out a lot.”
While her main position will be right-side hitter, Beaver is all for becoming more well-rounded.
“It makes me a better teammate and a better player,” she said.
Tooley knows Beaver has the potential to keep growing as a volleyball player.
“She loves the game of volleyball, definitely has a passion for it,” Tooley said. “She certainly has not peaked. She has the potential to play her best volleyball in the years to come.”
Schultze expects her to help the Hawks keep returning to the national tournament.
“She’s a kid that works hard and goes after what she wants, and that’s what we want to keep instilling in our athletes,” Schultze said.