Monica Freeman has been a key component in the success of the Cardinal Mooney volleyball program since her freshman year.
After being called up to the varsity team midway through that year, Freeman went on to be a part of a record-setting run for the Cardinals.
Now Freeman hopes to become one of the building blocks for Division 3 Finlandia University in Hancock, where she will attend on athletic scholarships.
“It’s very relieving,” Freeman said of the decision. “A lot of stress is off my shoulders now. I’m really looking forward to next year. It’s going to be great.”
Freeman was a third team all-state selection as a junior and an honorable mention all-state selection as a senior. She ends her volleyball career as a four-time district champion and a two-time regional champion.
“It’s really exciting having that success,” Freeman said. “It’s really nice that I can brag about something to the younger generation that I accomplished in high school.
“The past two years at Cardinal Mooney have been great. We have been building a program. And not only that, we have been improving each other individually. It was great to see all that come together to win districts and win regionals and get to the state quarterfinals.”
The Cardinals made it to the Class D state quarterfinal round the past two years in large part due to their middle hitter.
“Monica is one of the most coach-able, pleasant, hardworking, compassionate person or player that I have had the honor of coaching,” Cardinal Mooney coach Dennis Caulfield said. “She helped to elevate this program to where we are today.
“No matter what endeavor Monica chooses in life she will be a success and truly missed.”
Freeman meanwhile is excited for her new opportunities and hopes to make the most of it.
“I’m really excited to start over,” she said. “It will be different playing with new people and learning a new dynamic of the game. It’s another level. I’m kind of glad I can step back and have someone else lead for a while. I want to take a step back and watch and learn how to apply myself when needed.”
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