SILVER SPRING TWP. — Wednesday’s snow day cancellation of Cumberland Valley’s signing day festivities was exactly what Kelly Friers can’t stand, and why she’s heading to North Carolina, where she will attend Davidson College.
“Because I hate being cold,” Friers said while laughing about her choice in colleges. “I can’t stand being cold. This snow is killing me.”
Good thing for her. Friers, the volleyball team’s setter, found Davidson “by mere chance online.” Her only search criterion was a thermometer that didn’t drop below 30 degrees.
“I went down and visited and a when I walked on the campus I just knew,” Friers said. “It was just exactly what I wanted.”
Friers made her decision on Mother’s Day last year and is considering biology or pre-med. She would like to work in a children’s hospital one day.
The 6-foot-1 setter helped the Eagles get out of the first round of the PIAA tournament for the first time in team history. CV kept their run going all the way to the championship, where they fell 3-2 to Hempfield, the team the defeated in a dramatic District 3-AAAA final that gave them their first District title ever.
“Now that we got past that day and we really sit and think about it, it’s crazy what we were given an opportunity to play for, to fight for,” Friers said.
She heads a senior class that is arguably the most successful in Eagles’ history. Karleigh Lutz, who knocked down several clutch kills in the district and state tournaments, joins her in college, having accepted a scholarship to play at Kutztown University. Fellow outside hitter Emma Hager will play at the next level as well, but in lacrosse at Iona College.
While predominantly a setter at CV, Friers does have experience at other positions on the court. That will come in handy, as she said the team isn’t sure where they plan to use her yet and will list her at multiple positions in 2014.
“I’ve played every position besides libero,” Friers said laughing once more. “So as long as you don’t put me in a libero jersey I’m fine, I’ll figure it out.”
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