QC Volleyball Pair Sign NLI

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Queen Creek High School senior volleyball players Serena Caspersen and Claudia Wilson, two significant members of the Bulldogs’ 2017 5A State Runner-Up team, signed their National Letters of Intent during a signing event at the school last fall.

Caspersen, a 5A San Tan All-Region First Team middle blocker, signed to continue her athletic and academic career at Montana State University, located in Bozeman, MT.

Serena Caspersen signs her NLI to Montana State University. Photo: QCHS Athletics.

“I chose Montana State because I felt like it was my home,” Caspersen told CountyLinePreps.com. “I’ve lived in the same house my whole life – I’ve never moved – and my goal since freshman year was to go out of state for college.”

“I wanted something different, I wanted a change, and everything (at Montana State) I just loved.”

Even the drastic climate difference?

“I’m ready,” Caspersen responded. “Again, I’m ready for change, I’m ready for something new.”

Something new includes a different wardrobe.

“The stuff I wear down here is definitely not warm enough.”

A four-year varsity player, Caspersen finished second on the team with 61 total blocks and her 141 kills were fifth-best on a team filled with powerful hitters.

“The cool thing about Serena is she’s going to Montana State to play right side and that’s her preferred position – her number one position,” Queen Creek head coach Erica Crismon said. “We needed her in the middle and it wasn’t a position she wanted to play but she accepted it.”

“She knows how to take care of herself so she’s 100 percent every time she steps on the court,” Crismon continued. “That’s going to help her be successful at Montana State, and I’m really excited to see her go play the position she wants to play.”

Claudia Wilson signs her NLI to Sacramento State. Photo: QCHS Athletics.

Wilson, an outside hitter, who was named the Little Caesars Player of the Month by CountyLinePreps.com in September, signed to continue her athletic and academic career at California State University, Sacramento (aka Sacramento State).

Family lineage influenced her choice.

“My dad used to work construction in Sacramento and my aunt is an alumna – she was a setter from 2000-04,” Wilson explained about her decision. “She helped lead them to three championships while she was there.”

“She knew the coaches very well and through that connection I got to know them,” Wilson added. “The girls on the team were awesome and very positive. The girls work very hard, the atmosphere is amazing, and the campus is beautiful. I’m excited to go play there.”

Despite missing about a month of the season with an injury, Wilson still ranked third on the team with 179 kills while her 47 aces were also third-best. The four-year varsity player was nothing if not consistent after averaging nearly seven digs per match, again third-best on the team.

“Claudia is well-rounded player, but she also smart enough to know when she needs to turn on certain skills,” Crismon answered when asked which of Wilson’s skill set will translate the best at the collegiate level. “She is going to survive and play really well at (Sacramento State) because she’s a good, powerful player and she’s smart too. She knows the game and that will take her a long way.”

 

Both players say they’re undecided about an area of study, though Wilson mentioned an interest in Kinesiology while Caspersen is considering Interior Design and Agriculture among others.

During their athletic and academic careers at Queen Creek, both players say they will remember the positive encouragement and support they received from coaches, teammates and faculty.

“We’re like family here,” Wilson said.

Added Caspersen: “Our coaches this year have been amazing at encouraging us to stay positive.”

What is Wilson most looking forward to?

“I’m looking forward to a new experience and my next step in life.”

What will Caspersen miss in moving from Queen Creek?

“I’m going to miss everyone around here,” she responded. “I’ve grown with these players and the people around me – my family, coaches, and club team.”