HAMBURG, N.Y. – A huge weight has been lifted off the shoulders of Hamburg volleyball player, Zachary Yerington. The senior middle hitter has chosen to play at Ohio State in the fall of 2015. Yerington verbally committed to play for the Buckeyes last week and couldn’t be more excited.
“It’s been one of my dreams since I was probably in seventh or eighth grade to go to Ohio State and play a sport there. At first I wanted to play football because I was playing football at the time and then I switched to volleyball my freshman year so that was kind of my dream to get there and play there,” Yerington said.
Yerington explains how the recruiting process all came together.
“Coach Hanson actually sent me an email and asked for my phone number so he could call me and talk about it. I didn’t really have words at the time I was kind of just exuberant almost,” Yerington explained.
With a skilled player like Yerington, it’s hard not to talk about his success at Hamburg. Head Coach Brian Carroll explains how he’s been able to be so successful.
“Zach’s a big part of our team but it’s not all about him. He’s definitely a person who can put a ball away when we need that but we also have some very high skill players in other positions that allow him to have the success he has. He’s talked about how he’s going to be going to Ohio State, he needed to have a team get him there to have the skill to be able to get looked at. He has a lot of kids here who have helped him along the way so in a way really our whole program is going there which is kind of nice,” Coach Carroll explained.
Even though Yerington already has his college career lined up, he still has one more season left with Hamburg and expectations are high as usual.
“I think we’re going to be good I think we can push for the sectional championships again and hopefully further but we’ve got a tough road ahead of us because there’s a lot of tough teams in our division,” Yerington pointed out.
“Our team is solid, pretty well rounded, we’re pretty deep and have a team of eleven but a majority of the kids will be able to get on the floor during the season. We have a lot of experienced players returning as well as some nice youth coming up to fill the roster out,” Coach Carroll pointed out.
The Bulldogs look to win back-to-back sectional titles this year and Coach Carroll seems confident in his group’s work ethic this season.
“Last year was our year, I think every year could be your year if you really plan far enough ahead. If you do your work and you work really hard you should be there every year. If you don’t think you can win it then you probably shouldn’t be playing. The thing is I think every year we have a legitimate shot because someone’s got to win and why not us,” Coach Carroll said.