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Groenweghe to play volleyball at Nevada

Doering, Risinger also make their college choices


SHERWOOD — Kathryn Groenweghe sure seemed to accomplish a lot during her high school volleyball career.

Make that, a heck of a lot.

Team success, individual honors and many highlights — the Sherwood High School senior seemed to do it all when she took the court for the Lady Bowmen.

Now, she’s ready to take her talents to the next level.

She made that official back on Nov. 19, when she signed a national letter of intent to play college volleyball for the University of Nevada.

“This is so exciting,” Groenweghe said that day after signing her letter of intent in front of a gathering of friends and family at Sherwood High School. “I’m glad to finally officially sign.”

Groenweghe a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, will be heading to the University of Nevada after finishing a strong volleyball career at Sherwood.by: DAN BROOD - IT'S OFFICIAL -- Kathryn Groenweghe, with her parents, Karen and Eric, signs to play college volleyball at the University of Nevada.

As a junior, playing varsity for the first time, Groenweghe played a key role for the Lady Bowmen squad that earned the third-place trophy at the Class 5A state tournament. Groenweghe also was a second-team All-Northwest Oregon Conference selection that year.

She seemed to pick up her game even more as a Sherwood senior.

This past fall, Groenweghe helped lead the Lady Bowmen to the NWOC championship, as she was named the league’s Player of the Year.

“I love all my teammates,” she said. “I’m going to miss them.”

But she’s also excited about her upcoming opportunity at Nevada.

“I’m ready to go to the next level,” Groenweghe said.

And Groenweghe, who committed to the University of Nevada prior to her senior season at Sherwood, knew that the school, located in Reno, was going to be the right place for her.

“Right from the moment I was on campus, I knew that this was where I wanted to be,” she said. “I love the coaches and the players I met. They’re all great.”

Groenweghe will be joining a Wolfpack team that went just 4-25 in the 2012 season, but that’s OK with the Sherwood standout.

“It will be fun to build back the program,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Groenweghe is one of six talented incoming freshmen that signed with Nevada. And it’s that incoming class that is being looked upon to spark the Wolfpack program.

“I’m very excited about the class coming in because it immediately makes up deeper and more athletic,” Nevada head coach Ruth Lawanson said in a release on the university’s Web site. “We will be young, but with our 2013 class, the future of Nevada volleyball becomes very bright.”

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Two other area high school seniors also signed national letters of intent during the November signing period.

Tualatin senior Shelby Doering signed to play softball at Montana State University at Billings starting in the fall of 2013. Doering earned honorable-mention All-Pacific Conference honors last year as a junior.

At MSUB, Doering will join her former Tualatin teammate, Mary Grace Bywater, who is a sophomore pitcher at the university.

Tigard High School senior Megan Risinger signed to play basketball at Lewis-Clark State College, located in Lewiston, Idaho, on Nov. 29.

Risinger, currently playing in her senior season with the Tigers, was a first-team All-Pacific Conference selection as a junior.



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