A member of the Teutopolis Lady Shoes volleyball team signed her letter of intent to play at the next level. Julia Frey signed her letter of intent to play at Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.
Frey said she chose Webster because she heard that the volleyball program is good and the coach on her visit, talked about the academic programs they have there and how well the volleyball team does as a whole with their grade point average.
"That was really important because the education for me is the most important part of college," Frey said.
Her journey to the next level began when she signed up on Next College Student Athlete in which Webster's head coach found her through the videos she was posting.
"She started emailing me and when I got old enough, she started texting me and then we were communicating about some tournaments that she could come and watch," Frey said. "She watched a tournament that we did very well at and that day she told me she'd love to have me and I decided a few months later that I wanted to play for her."
For her parents, Chris and Amy, both are really excited for her and know that she wanted to get out of Teutopolis but will miss her being home. They got to meet the coach and talk with her at the tournament she went to and got to meet the players. The thing that Chris was most impressed by was that he felt like he was not on a college campus.
"I always felt like I was in someones neighborhood. It felt very safe," Chris said.
Teutopolis head coach Tim Mills said that Julia is really athletic and has been a big part of what the team has accomplished in the last three years.
"Her blocking and her offense has always been good. She is part of that core group that got us to our first regional championship game," Mills said. "Pretty exciting to see all of them finding a place to play next year."
Mills said that she is athletic enough to play anywhere on the court-outside, middle, or right side.
"I can see her move in any direction. As a middle, she'll be a big asset to them with her size," Mills said. "Her athletic ability would fit really well to an outside hitter or a right side attacker. She's very versatile, she can go anywhere. [She's] going to be a big plus for their program. Not only is she big, but she's athletic."
Her athletic ability has shown over time as when she was in sixth grade, she played seventh grade ball and started eight grade when she was in seventh grade. Her freshman year in high school, she started junior varsity. She started her junior and senior year at the varsity level.