Wolves' netter to play in college

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 19:00
Eagle River High senior heading to North Dakota
Eagle River High senior Kyla Meadows poses for a picture after signing her letter of intent to play volleyball for Dickinson State University on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 was a long school day for Kyla Meadows.

“I’ve been counting down the hours and minutes today,” she said moments after signing a letter of intent to play volleyball for Dickinson State University at Jitters.

The school competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Meadows started playing volleyball as a freshman. The Eagle River High senior said she saw pursuing collegiate athletics as a way to go to school out of state.

She was right. Her scholarship covers everything but the cost of living, Meadows said.

Along with its art program, Meadows chose Dickinson because of the familiarity she felt while visiting the North Dakota campus.

“It reminded me a lot of the (Mat-Su) Valley,” she said. “It was amazing.”

The school’s navy and silver colors are also familiar.

“It has Eagle River colors. It works out really nice,” Meadows said.

The reception Meadows got during her scouting trip couldn’t have been better.

“They were so accepting and warm,” she said of the student body. “So open and friendly. It was really incredible.”

Meadows, who also plays on a club team in the Alaska Volleyball Association, credited former Chugiak High varsity coach Kelly Kavanaugh with helping her enhance her game.

“I owe a lot to him,” she said.

Meadows said she’s thrilled to be continuing her volleyball career in college.

“I’m so excited to play at the next level,” she said.

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