On Thursday, 2015 Marquette Catholic High School graduate, Alyssa Herzing, signed her letter of intent to be a member of the Lady Blues' volleyball team at Division III Illinois College in Jacksonville.
She will play under the direction of head coach Kristy Duncan. Duncan believes Herzing will be a great addition to the squad.
“We are excited to welcome Alyssa to the Illinois College family,” Duncan said. “Her love of the sport, competitive nature, and knowledge of the game make her a great asset for our program.”
Alyssa, a setter, is the first MCHS volleyball player to sign with a college since Jess Strack, who graduated in 2005 from Marquette.
By midseason of her freshman year, Alyssa was a starter on the JV team and never looked back. She was a varsity player for the remainder of her high school career.
As a senior, she served in a leadership role as captain. Herzing led the Explorers with 215 assists from her setter position in the 2014 season. She was also second in aces with 33.
MCHS volleyball head coach, Sue Heinz said, “Alyssa embraced her role as leader and mentor. She was always one of the last players to leave practice, staying to discuss strategy or help those that wanted to improve hitting or serving skills. Alyssa’s positive attitude and uplifting personality were key to helping her team achieve goals that had been unattainable in previous years.”
The summer before her senior year, Alyssa was selected to play club volleyball as a Goodwill Ambassador. Her team traveled to Europe and played in England, France and Spain.
During her high school career, she earned the following Honors: two-time Prairie State Conference honorable mention, and EAWR All-Tournament Team. Alyssa also was chosen as an AdVantage News Athlete of the Week and made the AdVantage News Fall All-Area Team.
In November, 2014, Alyssa earned a place on the Junior Nationals Team. She will play in Columbus, Ohio in July before heading to Jacksonville to start her career with the Lady Blues.
“I'd like to thank all my friends and family for everything they've done,” Herzing said. “For all the early morning car rides to practice, to the late night away games, thank you for supporting me and being there. I'd like to make a special thank you to all the coaches I've had throughout my life. I've learned things from all of you on and off the court. I look forward to this fall and all it will bring. Go Lady Blues.”