COLUMBUS — Shania Borchers’ signing Wednesday was extra special for everyone involved.
For the Scotus Central Catholic senior, she gets a chance to continue playing volleyball for at least two more years at Central Community College.
CCC head coach Mary Young has known Borchers since she was little and always followed her volleyball career. Now, she’ll get a chance to coach her.
For Janet Tooley, it’s the first college signing for one of her players as the Scotus head coach.
“I’m happy for Shania,” Tooley said. “She loves volleyball. This is something she has worked at over the course of her high school career. She was a great leader, worked very hard and was focused. It’s exciting for me to be a part of something exciting for her.”
Central was the perfect fit for Borchers.
Knowing she wanted to play at least two years of college volleyball, Borchers narrowed her search to Northeast Community College in Norfolk and Central Community College, citing the fact that they are both close to home.
Central’s pedigree was the deciding factor.
“It played a big role,” Borchers said of the Raiders’ success. “Central had the better team and I would so much rather play for the more successful team.”
During her visit, Borchers liked everything about the school, campus and players.
“It was something I wanted to be a part of,” said Borchers, who plans to major in nursing.
Tooley is excited to get a chance to watch her play in college.
“It’ll be great to have her at the local college,” Tooley said. “They play high-level volleyball and it’ll be great to watch the next two years of her career.”
As a 6-foot, athletic blocker, Borchers is exactly the type of player Young wanted in this recruiting class as the Raiders will graduate Chainey Tompkin after this season.
“At our level, blocking is key,” Young said. “That’s what we were really looking for, someone who can do what Chainey has done and maybe even better. We think Shania has a lot of upside and a lot of room to grow.”
In just two years with the Scotus varsity team, Borchers has proven to be one of the most prolific blockers in school history. Only JoDe Cieloha and Audrey Pfeifer averaged more solo blocks per season than Borchers’ 49.
Borchers finished seventh in school history with 98 career solo blocks after posting 55 this season, which was the eighth-best single-season mark.
She led the team with 74 total blocks this season and finished second on the team with 148 kills, helping the Shamrocks to a 17-11 record while reaching the C1-6 subdistrict final.
“Shania has a lot of strengths,” Young said.
Now, Borchers will use her strengths to help Central maintain its reputation as one of the top teams in NJCAA Division II.
“They’re a really successful team and I hope to continue that success and improve my skills and help the team improve,” she said.