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Sophomore Kate Slack recently committed to play Division I volleyball at the California Polytechnic State University.

After playing volleyball for Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC) for numerous years, the standout sophomore has decided to take her talents to San Luis Obispo. Having played volleyball for four years, Slack feels that her commitment to Cal Poly is the reward of years of hard work and dedication.

“It’s really cool to see how after putting in years of work I am being recognized and given a full ride scholarship to go play at a great school,” Slack said.

Although the junior hitter chose to go to Cal Poly, there were several other schools that had indicated interest, including Santa Clara University, University of the Pacific, and UC Davis.
However according to Slack, none of these schools presented the full college experience like Cal Poly did.

“I chose Cal Poly because I really liked the coaches and the team, and also their academics are amazing. On top of that, they have a great volleyball program, which obviously draws me to want to go play there,” Slack said.

Playing for the regional volleyball powerhouse NCVC, Slack was given numerous opportunities to play in front of Division I colleges and show her skill set to potential coaches and recruiters.

This tie to NCVC helped Cal Poly see the rising junior, as they witnessed her play this past summer, which initiated the recruiting process between the two parties.

“Cal Poly first got in contact with me after seeing me play last summer, and they were probably the most interested school that I had talked to yet,” Slack said. “I got a really good feel from their coaches, and after they offered me a spot, I became even more interested and so I researched the school a ton and I was really happy with what I found.”

According to her teammate Paris Harwell, Slack plays volleyball well beyond what is expected at her age.

“I am so very excited for her and we all saw it coming,” Harwell said. “She has great potential and has progressed so much just this year. She is an amazing young varsity player.”

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