Hershey senior Channing Holm signed a letter of intent Friday to play volleyball at Southeast Community College in Beatrice.
Holm participated in many sports growing up, but volleyball is the one she chose to pursue at the next level.
“Volleyball has always been my favorite and for a while I thought it would end after high school but then I went to a few practices and talked to some colleges and decided it was the right idea for me to keep playing,” she said.
Several teams showed interest but she elected to take Southeast’s offer.
“There were a couple of reasons. One of them was the coach. I loved all the coaches I talked to but Coach Carrie (Puhalla) at Southeast, she is just great,” Holm said. “Secondly, it’s because the school is close to Lincoln and after my first two years, I plan to go to UNL in Lincoln.”
Puhalla said she watched film on Holm and then followed up after receiving an email from her.
“So, then I contacted her and she was awesome so I got a hold of her to see if she was interested in coming,” she said.
Holm said she is ready to do whatever is asked on the team.
“After talking with the coaches, I think I might be playing all the away around, kind of like I did in high school and I am really excited about that,” she said.
Puhalla sees her mainly taking on the role of outside hitter.
“I am looking forward for great things from her and she will be a good student as well as ballplayer,” she said. “I think she will step in and provide great leadership on our team.”
Holm is excited about the future and has already made new friends.
“Actually, I visited the same day as the girl that is going to be my roommate and she is also going to be playing volleyball,” Holm said.
Holm has career plans but has not yet decided on a major.
“I will take my general courses there and then when I go to Lincoln I will probably decide to major somewhere in the area of health and fitness,” she said.
Hershey volleyball coach Amy Beyer said it is exciting to see her kids getting the opportunity to play at the next level.
“I am going to miss her a lot,” Beyer said. “In fact, I will miss all of these kids, but as for Channing, I think Southeast is going to be a good match for her because she is one of those kids that is so versatile. As a college coach, she can serve for you, she is a primary passer and she can hit. Having the dynamic of that versatility makes her a pretty good pickup. Just wish she was closer so I could watch. Like most of the students we turn out at Hershey, she is very good academically so that is not an issue,” Beyer said.
Holm is the second Hershey senior who is going on to play in college after Emily Barr signed with McCook Community College on Wednesday.
“It is pretty awesome,” Beyer said. “Somebody asked me how many that I have coached went on to play at college. I would probably have to dig through the records to get an accurate number but I think it is around 15-20 in my 34-year career.”