April 29, 2013
A long and sometimes stressful process has come to a conclusion for Columbus North senior Quin Shoultz.
A 5-10 setter in volleyball, Shoultz announced Monday (April 29) that she has committed to attend the University of Indianapolis on an athletic scholarship. Shoultz is a four-year letterwinner and a three-time first-team all-Conference Indiana selection.
As a senior, Shoultz was chosen team MVP after leading the 10-25 Bull Dogs with 449 assists while adding 63 kills and 180 digs despite missing numerous matches because of injuries.
She will join a UIndy program that went 31-8 overall, won the championship of the Great Lakes Valley Conference at 15-3 and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Shoultz will join a Greyhounds team guided by first-year coach Jason Reed, who was hired in March after former UIndy coach Jody Rogers became head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University. Reed was an assistant the past two seasons at North Dakota State and previously was an assistant at Western Michigan University.
"It's a very competitive program," said Shoultz, who noted she had been contacted by Reed when he was an assistant at North Dakota State but that that program was too far from home. "They are No. 1 in their conference. They went to the (final four). They go to the (NCAA) tournament every year. They are very competitive, and they want to get a (championship) ring this coming season."
Shoultz is pleased with the proximity of UIndy to Columbus. Her college destination is about 45 miles from her home.
"I have several grandparents as well as parents and a brother who all will want to come watch," she said. "Most of the places we play are pretty close, so they can go to away games, too."
Shoultz, who plans to study occupational therapy and business, said she is pleased the recruiting process has ended.
"I've been doing this for about a year and a half now," Shoultz said. "You just e-mail schools and contact and go back and forth. People come watch you and when you play, you're stressed because you want your team to play well as well as yourself. That puts a lot of pressure on your play.
"Since I committed (last week), we had a tournament last weekend and I played a lot better because I had such a weight lifted off my shoulders."
Shoultz becomes the 25th member of Columbus North's class of 2013 to announce plans to pursue college athletics. She will take part in a CN signing ceremony on a date to be determined in May.