Maci Sloane

Front row, left to right: Camanche coach Heather Clark, Stephanie Sloane, Maci Sloane and Jeff Sloane. Back row: Emily Turner and Erin Schlotfeldt.

CAMANCHE — It’s official.

Camanche’s Maci Sloane signed to attend Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to play volleyball on Thursday in front of her family and coaches.

“It feels really good to finally make it official,” Sloane said. “I’ve been waiting for this.”

Signing with Kirkwood accomplishes one of Sloane’s dreams.

“I’ve always wanted to continue volleyball after high school, so I knew I wanted to play in college and I’ve been following along with Kirkwood for the past couple years, and they always seem to have a very competitive team,” she said.

Sloane will play in the middle or the outside for Kirkwood, and will have some familiarity — former Clinton volleyball player Brooke Mulholland plays for the Eagles.

Due to COVID-19, the recruitment process was a little tricky.

“They never got to officially watch me play, but I sent them a lot of videos and they got to see a lot of highlights, so it did make it different, but it still worked out,” Sloane said.

Sloane knew early on that she was going to be an Eagle.

“When I went on the visit, I got a really good vibe from the coaches,” Sloane said. “I just really liked everything there — the coaches, the campus. It really stood out to me and I knew after visiting I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Sloane was named to the 2020 Clinton Herald All-Area Volleyball team after recording 223 kills, 45 blocks (team highs) and 25 aces (second on team) this year.

She’s motivated to keep growing as a player.

“Of course to continue getting better, getting better hits and staying a strong athlete,” Sloane said. “I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited. It’s been a goal to continue playing. It’s nice to play with new teammates, so it will be a new experience.”

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