After being left on the bench for most of her sophomore season at Stony Brook University, volleyball player Katie Anderson of Anchorage decided to hit the road to look for another college.
Actually, she hit the Internet.
Anderson went back to the online recruiting service that helped her land her first NCAA Division 1 scholarship. She updated her profile, added some new footage and narrowed her search.
“Not the East Coast,” she said. “Going to New York was different for me culture wise.”
Anderson, of Dimond High fame, eventually settled on North Dakota State, picking the Bison over No. 2 choice Eastern Michigan. The 6-foot-3 middle blocker will have two years of eligibility left.
“I never thought in a million years I’d transfer,” she said. “But now I’m in Fargo. I’ve got some great aunts and uncles here.”
In addition, North Dakota State is in The Summit League, which includes Denver University, which is where Anderson’s parents live these days. So she will play in front of them at least once a year.
“It’s a great fit for me,” she said.
At North Dakota State, Anderson will be just one of many fresh faces. The Bison brought in eight freshmen as part of the 2013 recruiting class. They will look to Anderson for leadership.
The soon-to-be junior enjoyed success at Stony Brook, where as a freshman she played in 65 sets, hit .284 and made 38 blocks.
“They lost a lot of players,” Anderson said of last year’s North Dakota State team. “That wanted someone with experience, someone used to playing. I’ll definitely step up.”
Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.