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Crown Point's Alyssa Kvarta narrowing college choices

2013-09-16T20:00:00Z 2013-09-30T21:00:06Z Crown Point's Alyssa Kvarta narrowing college choicesHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com
September 16, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Officially, NCAA teams can't start full contact with high school players until Sept. 1 of their junior year.

Seventeen days ago, Alyssa Kvarta's phone wouldn't stop buzzing.

Emails, texts, phone calls, all wanting her volleyball talents at their school.

By then, she'd already received offers. The Crown Point setter's talents aren't a secret.

By now, she has whittled her options to two: Iowa State and East Tennessee State.

"I get emails on my phone and it just started blowing up," Kvarta said. "We emailed all of them back and it's nice to keep in contact with some of the coaches now because it takes so much pressure off, they know if I'm interested. It's so much easier now. I'm trying to see as many as I can right now."

Before the season even started, she'd already received an offer from Purdue. That was a hard one to turn down. Both of her parents are Boilermakers, and she couldn't wait to carry on the tradition.

But at 5-foot-9, she's considered small as a setter, so she'd be converted to libero.

It's not that Kvarta wouldn't be a great libero, but she's more comfortable as a setter.

"She's being recruited for a multitude of things," Crown Point coach Alison Duncan said. "It's not just for her setting abilities, really for her speed. Alyssa is just extremely fast and really aggressive and can get to a lot of balls that many setters can't. We earn or save a lot of points just for that in itself."

She's already showed off that athleticism against top teams this season. She had 10 digs against Munster to join her 18 assists; against Valparaiso she had six digs with 23 assists.

"That's just Alyssa," Duncan said. "The other thing that's really nice is that she's so consistent. With consistency comes excellence and that's where she's at for us right now."

Kvarta visited East Tennessee State this weekend and was offered the scholarship she had hoped for from one of her top schools. She plans to have a decision made in the next two weeks.

After that, she can enjoy the rest of her volleyball career, while opponents eagerly await her graduation.

"I have to find out if they have a business program, do I want to go there, do I like the campus, do I want to go to a big school, do I want to go to a small school," Kvarta said. "We're ready for the day when I'm like, 'Dad, this is it.' I'm ready for the stress and the pressure off my shoulders. That day will be the happiest day in our life in a while."

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