Alta Loma senior Taylor Kettle thought her volleyball career was over. She had some good academic schools from which to choose, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine among them. And she had planned on going to Santa Barbara.
But the only schools interested in her for volleyball were some smaller ones and she preferred to go with the premier academic school if she had to choose.
“I’m not going to be an Olympic volleyball player so it was really all about my future,” says Kettle, who plans to major in physical therapy. “I wanted to play volleyball but it didn’t look like it was going to happen.”
Then at the last minute Troy (Ala.) came into the mix. It had another setter bail so the Trojans suddenly had some scholarship money available and was in need of a setter.
A coach had seen Kettle play in a club tournament in Las Vegas with Rancho Valley. So she was on their radar even though she may not have known it. She went for a visit last week and the rest is history.
“It was completely unexpected and out of the blue,” she said. “When I went there I absolutely loved everything. You never know how things are going to work out but I’m very happy to be able to continue to play.”
Kettle helped the Braves to the best season in school history. She had 774 assists, 115 digs, 57 total blocks and 34 service aces as the Braves won a Southern Section (Division 4AA) title and advanced to the Division 4 state championship match before falling to North representative Sonora.
Kettle is the fifth player from this year’s team to continue her playing career in college. The others are Aeryn Owens (Cal State Northridge), Amy Armstrong (Cal State San Bernardino), Kristen Sanchez (University of La Verne) and Breanna Golsch (Cal State Dominguez Hills).