“Over the last two years she’s really shown growth and improvement as a blocker,” Massey said. “The thing that we preach to the middles is you can make a good block and never touch the ball. She gets that — she’s an intelligent player. She knows how to read hitters and get the block where we want it.”
Parents Carie and Tim expressed pride in seeing their oldest child have the opportunity to play college athletics.
“It’s been a long road,” Tim Schultheis said, adding the family has made long trips for tournaments and practices. “She’s been working at volleyball ever since sixth or seventh grade through clubs. We’re incredibly proud of her.”
Schultheis plans to double major in biology and education and said Davis and Elkins fulfills academic and athletic goals. She’s been calling the college “a little big school” according to her parents.
“I was hoping to be able to play volleyball, but it wasn’t so important to me where I was,” she added. “The opportunity arose, so it was a lot more exciting than just going to walk on a team.”
As an added bonus, the Senators’ coach, Ashley Pappas, is an Illinois native. Schultheis said she connected with the staff by reflecting on Midwest life.
She believes she’ll be comfortable knowing she has the support of her hometown and thanked everyone involved in her signing day news conference.
“I think it’s really nice to have that added support,” Schultheis said. “I’m not big on the whole big event thing, but I’m glad that they were able to share it with me.”