Playing defensive specialist for Purdue’s volleyball team would have satisfied Kayla Ostrom, but she always knew she’d miss the passion she had for running an offense.
The offensive-minded Harrison senior informed Boilermakers coach Dave Shondell in December she may pursue other opportunities after accepting a preferred walk-on position during her junior year of high school.
Everything fell into place, and Ostrom signed her national letter of intent on Wednesday to private Christian college Lipscomb University, a Division I program in Nashville, Tenn.
A full-ride scholarship opened up late in the recruiting process when freshman setter Rachel Reed decided to move closer to her Palm Harbor, Fla., home. Ostrom will fill that void and compete for the setter position in the fall.
“I remember visiting Lipscomb for the first time. It was sophomore year, and it was really small. I didn’t like how small it was,” Ostrom said. “They had a really strong volleyball program, and that always interested me.”
As Ostrom matured, her feelings about Lipscomb changed. A February visit was when she fell in love with the Bisons’ program, the campus and the Nashville surroundings.
“I could really picture myself there,” Ostrom said. “I said, ‘I can fit in here.’ “
At Lipscomb, Ostrom will reunite with former Harrison teammate Molly Spitznagle. Spitznagle was a freshman middle blocker for the Bisons last season, contributing 1.82 kills and 0.66 blocks per set for a team that went 18-12.
Starting setter Caitlin Dotson will be a senior for the 2013 team. Reed’s departure opened up another spot for a setter.
“We knew of her very well,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said of Ostrom. “She plays with a ton of passion. She can do a lot of different things, and she continues to try to put herself into position where she’s always going to get better.”
Prior to missing the NCAA tournament last season, the Bisons had been in the NCAA tournament three times in the previous four years.
Ostrom averaged 9.14 assists per game and 1.28 aces while hitting .508 as a senior and was selected as Journal & Courier Big School Player of the Year. Ostrom helped Harrison win three sectional championships in four years.
BC’s Rooze to Trine
Benton Central quarterback Brandon Rooze has committed to Trine University, a Division III program in Angola.
Rooze threw for 7,189 yards and 61 touchdowns in his career, the last three as the Bison starter. He threw for 2,176 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior and will play for the North in the Grange Insurance/IFCA North South All-Star Classic in July.
Trine went 7-3 last season for its sixth straight winning season. South Newton graduate Eric Watt won the Gagliardi Trophy, presented to the year’s outstanding Division III player, at Trine in 2010.
Webster to Manchester
North Montgomery linebacker Ty Webster will play at Manchester University.
The IFCA and Associated Press Class 3A All-State pick collected 139 tackles (12 for loss), seven sacks, three interceptions and a blocked kick as a senior. The three-year starter helped the Chargers hold opponents to 12.4 points per game as a senior.
Manchester, a Division III program, finished 6-4 last season after winning its final six games.
West Lafayette junior Jade Doty helped Team Indiana Gold to a runner-up finish at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Scholastic Duals at Wabash College last weekend.
Doty’s pin lifted Indiana Gold to a 31-30 victory over Kentucky in the semifinals. Indiana Gold finished 7-1, losing only to champion Team Illinois Outsiders.
Harrison’s Seth Meyer and Benton Central’s Cole Lukaszka both competed for Indiana Blue. Delphi’s Hunter Mote and Benton Central’s Kiko Jones also competed in the event. Lafayette Jeff head coach Tom Miller and assistant JT Veach served as the Indiana Gold coaching staff, and Seeger’s Tom Cook was an Indiana Blue assistant.