CLINTON — Elle Tubbs has a couple of years left to don a Clinton volleyball jersey, but on Saturday, she mapped out the next stop of her playing career.
Tubbs announced her verbal commitment on Twitter to play for Drake University in Des Moines.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Tubbs said during a phone interview. “The program is great, and the coaches are even better. I love the atmosphere there when I went to go compete for track and loved everything about it.”
Tubbs spoke very highly of Bulldogs coach Darrin McBroom, who is heading into his third season as head coach at Drake. McBroom has also coached at Iowa Western.
“He’s really, really good about rebuilding programs, and he wants to rebuild this Drake program so badly,” Tubbs said. He’s looking for Iowa girls to help rebuild a program that in all honesty hasn’t been very good.”
During the 2013 season, Drake won two matches on the season, and lost every match in Missouri Valley play, and didn’t win a game until the final match of the year.
“I’m very excited; he’s really trying to commit to getting Iowa girls and I’m thrilled he thinks I can do that,” Tubbs said. “I’m hoping to get a lot of playing time as a freshman to help with that.”
Other schools that were in play included Iowa, Marquette, and fellow Missouri Valley foe Loyola (IL).
Tubbs had a very good sophomore year for the River Queens.
She was second in the following categories, including aces (42), kills (207), and 90 percent serve efficiency.
Tubbs also had 24 blocks, but that’s the one part of her on-court game where she feels she needs to improve.
“I’ve been struggling with that this season, but it’s something I’ve been working on,” she said.
One aspect that Tubbs feels she wants to improve is her strength.
“I’m working in the weight room pretty hard,” Tubbs said. “I want to gain some weight, and get some meat on my bones.”
For more on Elle’s commitment, pick up a copy of Monday’s Clinton Herald.