Submitted By Colleen Johnston
After another highly successful Smithson Valley High School volleyball successful season, it’s no wonder five seniors from head coach Liana Gombert’s area finalists recently signed national letters of intent to continue their collegiate careers at the next level. The quintet helped lead the Rangers to a 34-11 record in 2016 and a bi-district playoff win over San Antonio Clark. Berg, Thomas and Kaiser were first-team All-District in 27-6A. Kiaser was a unanimous selection for the third straight year. Kaiser was also selected to the All-Area Super Team for the second year in a row.
On November 11, 2016, Bekah Brodbeck, a senior and four-year varsity volleyball letterman at Smithson Valley High School, signed to play Beach Volleyball for D1 Georgia State University. GSU is currently ranked seventh in the nation for beach volleyball and made it to the first ever NCAA Beach National Championships this past season.
Bekah is going into her 5th year of playing competitive beach volleyball and is coached by Tim Wooliver with Texas Volleyball Tour. She became interested in the sport after one of her friends took it up and they began playing together.
She was also recruited by LSU, FSU, Cal State Long Beach, and Cal State Bakersfield; but it was Georgia’s State’s coach Beth Van Fleet and her winning program that ultimately won her heart.
“I thank my parents for supporting me so I could play and my coach Tim Wooliver who has taught me so much,” said Bekah. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the GSU beach team, a great group of girls, and being coached by Beth VanFleet. I’m also really excited about the adventures of living in the big city of Atlanta.”
Bekah plans to study Psychology while at GSU, with the goal of pursuing a doctorate degree in Sports Psychology.