“It will be pretty exciting competing day in and day out,” he said. “I might not play for a few years, but it will be worth it in the end.”
He is excited to join a winning program, too. The Knights won 12 consecutive Iowa Conference titles from 1997 to 2008, lead the conference standings this year and are ranked 20th nationally in NCAA Division III.
“It’s a nice place up there (in Waverly), and as soon as I talked to the coaches I liked it,” he said. “They have a great tradition.”
Peterzalek said she was as excited about the academic side of college as the athletics.
“Mount Mercy is close (Cedar Rapids) and has an awesome nursing program,” she said. “I know people there, and I get to play volleyball.”
Peterzalek was a setter for three years for the Sabers before moving to outside hitter her senior year. She said the experience setting up hitters benefited her when she made the switch.
“The experience you learn as a hitter helps to hit a ball because you’re not always going to get a perfect set every time,” she said.
Location also played a role as Keitel and Green made their choices.
“St. Ambrose is close enough that I can come home and do laundry, and my family and friends can watch me play,” said Keitel, who plans to study occupational therapy.
For Green, picking Simpson was a change of plans, but one he says is for the best.
“It was between Simpson and Iowa Western,” he said. “I had signed with Iowa Western (the NJCAA national champion), but decided that academically and geographically, Simpson was better for me.”
For Green, just the chance to play college football is exciting.
“I wasn’t planning on playing college football heading into my senior season,” he said. “I was more concerned with getting the starting position here. I fit in with the personnel, and it put me in this position to play college football.