For the second time in as many months, a Tempe Prep student-athlete has accepted a scholarship to pursue his or her sport at the university level. Senior Kaitlin Shroll, a four-year varsity starter and two-time MVP for the TPA volleyball team, signed with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in late March to continue her volleyball career.
In her four years as a Lady Knight, Shroll played the position of outside hitter as a full rotation player, covering ground all across the volleyball court and performing several different tasks such as digging, setting, serving, and hitting. Shroll—who was also twice a team captain—set school records in career kills, with a total of 793, and in career digs, with 1,097, during her superb TPA career.
Her coach, Lisa Barlow, praised Shroll for “her excellent athleticism, hitting, passing and defensive skills,” and noted that Shroll “played a major role in [the] team’s success for the past four seasons. Kaitlin is an honest, confident, hard-working student athlete with outstanding moral character both on and off of the court. She has always been a team player and takes great pride in her team, rather than her personal accomplishments.”
Shroll began to explore college options in her freshman year, and from the start, she decided to include volleyball opportunities as part of her search. Shroll points to her participation in club volleyball as a key part of the process, as it fast-tracked her search through valuable exposure to interested coaches. “Each year I would narrow down my list of potential colleges,” says Shroll. “Toward the end of my junior year, coaches were approaching me and talking about potentially coming to play for their schools.”
Having first made contact with Embry-Riddle in her sophomore year, Shroll only considered the Eagles volleyball program as a true frontrunner at the end of her junior year. After further evaluating her options and facing tough decisions, Shroll ultimately chose Embry-Riddle, stating that the school “won out due to its outstanding educational program and the opportunity to play volleyball with a scholarship.”
Apart from progressing with her volleyball career, Shroll plans to study Aerospace Engineering during her time at Embry-Riddle. In this line of study, she will work towards advancements in atmospheric and space flight. And as is the case with so many Tempe Prep student-athletes, Shroll will continue to make her presence felt both in and outside of the classroom.
*Published on April 23rd.