Girls volleyball

Crown Point junior setter picks East Tennessee State

2013-09-23T18:42:00Z 2013-09-23T20:18:37Z Crown Point junior setter picks East Tennessee StateHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com
September 23, 2013 6:42 pm  • 

Alyssa Kvarta's 5-foot-7 frame would be considered tall in any other world except volleyball.

A setter by nature, Kvarta was told she could be converted to a libero or other "smaller" position when she went to college.

So she found the one that see her above the 5-11 or 6-3 setters. On Sunday, she gave her commitment to East Tennessee State.

"I was their first choice," Kvarta said. "I figured I'd rather go to East Tennessee because they see my talent and they want me not just because I'm not tall.

"I'm 100 percent sure I chose the right place to go."

As a junior at Crown Point, the setter is second on her team with 24 aces. She leads with 366 assists and has added 85 kills.

East Tennessee State is a Division I school in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Bucs were 23-13 with an 11-7 conference record last season. They regularly play the likes of SEC foes Kentucky and Tennessee.

"Now that I've made my decision, I'm being bombarded from emails all over at East Tennessee," Kvarta said. "They're telling me they're really excited and that I made all their days. That brings a smile to my face."

Kvarta won't sign her letter of intent until November 2014, but said she's happy to have her decision made so early.

"It relieves a lot of stress that I have," Kvarta said. "I'm happy that I committed so fast, now I can focus on volleyball at school. I won't have to stress about college stuff, now I can just chill or watch TV. It just feels really good to be done with that part."

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