11 members of the Rimrock Volleyball Club sign letters of intent, including four from Crook County High School

Crook County High School and the Rimrock Volleyball Club have a history of sending players to college to continue playing.

However, this year may be unprecedented as 11 members of the Rimrock team signed national Abby Smithletters of intent, including four from Crook County High School.

The Rimrock Volleyball Club is directed by Crook County High School head coach Rosie Honl.

Most, but not all the players played for the Rimrock 18s National team, which had a great year.

"All these players will be taking their talents to the collegiate level this coming year," Rimrock 18s National coach Joel Kent said. "Many have taken their respective high schools to state championship during their high school careers."

Two of the Crook County players will attend Eastern Oregon University, which is coached by former CCHS volleyball player Kaki McLean Morehead.

Abby Smith, a setter, was the first to commit to Eastern Oregon.

"I'm excited about the opportunity because I love the small town and Kaki is extremely nice," Smith said. "I loved the girls when I went there."Aspen Christiansen

Smith plans to study biology in college.

The second Crook County player to opt to go to Eastern Oregon is two-sport star Aspen Christiansen, a libero.

"I'm excited to be able to play volleyball in college and gain more friends," Christiansen said. "It felt like home. It's a small town, and I have a good relationship with the coaches."

Christiansen, who plans to study nursing, said that right now she is only playing volleyball in college, but she is open to adding softball as a second sport.

The other two CCHS players to sign letters of intent took very different routes.

Jennifer McCallister is taking her talents on the road.

The right side hitter has signed to play at Cardinal Stritch University in Madison, Wisconsin.

"I just want to experience an out-of-state school, and I'm never been that far away before," she said. "I'm very excited, and I'm very confident. I've been coached by Rosie in Gold Medal Squared (A volleyball coaching philosophy and fundamental structure) and my coach in college will also be Gold Medal Square."

Like Christiansen, McCallister plans to study nursing in college.Jennifer McCallister

The final Crook County player to sign a national letter of intent is Jennifer Roth.

The left side hitter originally signed with the University of Hawaii Hilo, but due to circumstances beyond her control, she decommitted and is now planning to attend MidAmerica Nazarene University, which is located in Olathe, Kansas.

The remaining Rimrock players to sign letters of intent include Tatiana Ensz and Katie Reed, of Bend High School, Catherine Clemens, of Burns, Emma Houck, of Sisters, Chandler Heinrich, of Mountain View, and Kenzie Bartlett and Shelby Dubay, both from Ridgeview.

Ensz, the Class 5A player of the year in 2016, will play at Northwest University, while Reed has chosen to attend Whitworth University.

Clemens, who was the Class 2A player of the year in 2015, missed last season due to an injury. She will attend Boise State University.

Houck and Bartlett will both attend Lower Colombia College, while Heinrich will play at New Hope Christian, and Dubay will start her college volleyball career at Lane Community College.

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