Deciding on a college can be very difficult - it was for me.

Some high school players are so good that they can go to any college they desire. Others (most) are just thankful to get an inquiry from a volleyball school.

Next year Kenzie will be a...
Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen!

You can  visit Kenzie's Pomona-Pitzer Women's College Volleyball site.

Some players have the goal to get to the best and highest ranked athletic program they can, while others try and leverage their athletic talents into the best academic school possible.

Here is how my decision-making process went...

Ever since I was very young, during grade school, my parents always told me that I can do whatever I want in life, be an artist, a businesswoman, a surfer or whatever, after I complete graduate school. I was told that so much, and the rationale behind it, so often that it makes sense and that is what I am going to do.

I was good enough to be named all-league and all CIF Division ||| in San Diego County as a junior. Then as a senior I was all-league and all CIF Division ||| again, plus I made two first team all CIF all San Diego County teams as well. I attracted about 50-60 inquiries from the end of my junior year until now.

There were contacts from Division I, II and III as well as from NAIA volleyball programs. While I would consider a bigger "state" school, I really thought I would feel more comfortable at a smaller school with less than 5,000 students. I just wanted to have that intimate setting for my college experience.

I had quite a few small college coaches from the East Coast and Midwest that saw my online volleyball videos on this site. Some wrote and told me, solely based on the video, that they would a) offer me a scholarship and/or b) that I would start immediately as their setter. It was all very flattering, but, for me, it was just too far away from home, and I knew that I wouldn't be able to deal with the cold weather. (I know that is a bit wimpy, but winters here are 60 degrees and summers are 70 degrees.)

Growing up in a beach community of North San Diego County is hard to beat. I confirmed that when I played at the JO tournaments in Atlanta in the summer and then again when I was on the Southern California Volleyball Association's High Performance team playing a week in Florida last summer. I also visited my grandparents near Seattle,
plus other family vacations. I know it is not very weather tolerant to say that I wanted to stay and play in Southern California - but I did.

I wasn't good enough for a USC, UCLA or a Pepperdine school, so I focused on the many high quality academic DIII schools in SoCal. These schools also required SAT scores in the 2000+ range, so not only did you have to be a good enough player to be considered, but you had to pass through the admissions office as well. Definitely an added degree of difficulty.

I ended up choosing Pomona-Pitzer. Essentially there are five colleges on one campus (Claremont, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Pomona and Pitzer) so it had a number of positive factors for me. I had visited the Pomona-Pitzer school and was impressed with the small classes of the 10-15 students, no teaching assistants, the facilities and the fact it was just 70 miles from my home in San Diego. I applied for
early decision and was accepted in December. I have had several club coaches say that I should have gone DI and left California to do so, but, for me, I just wasn't ready.

I know that for graduate school I will go a different part of the country for that experience, so I can always explore those options later.

Go somewhere where you'll be happy. Volleyball is only one season, and you need to make sure you'll be happy with where you decide to go.

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"Kenzie is the hardest working player I have ever coached. "
Lara Ramey, former USC player and current club co-director

"Kenz is starting to develop the ability to make the players around her better by directing them. She started to take control of her team in a positive manner. She has talents that will help her at the next level."
Pat Powers, Olympic Gold Medalist & Former USC head coach

"Out of all the girls I have coached Kenzie is by far the best when you combine strength with coordination and speed."
Stu Waite, Beach Volleyball Coach

"Incredible work ethic, powerful, coachable, perfectionist, leader, dominating player, works hard at every aspect of the game."
Diane Pascua AVP player, member of Philippines Olympic team

"...she possesses all the fundamentals that are required to be a top notch sand player."
Petia Yanchulova, Olympic Beach Volleyball Player

"...very physically powerful player who is at the same time agile and quick."
Stu Waite, Beach Volleyball Coach

"Kenzie's talents and passion will easily take her to the next level of the game beyond high school."
Julie Kaiser, Former Club Director, high school volleyball coach.

"Kenzie gets to every ball."
Dexter Harvey, high school volleyball coach.

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