Egbert signs with Franklin volleyball

Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Reagan Egbert signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career Monday morning inside Jasper's community room. From left: Father Jeff Egbert, Reagan Egbert, mother Pam Egbert, brother Tanner Egbert, brother Reece Egbert.

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com


JASPER — Monday morning culminated in many years in the making for Reagan Egbert.

The senior outside hitter and defensive specialist for Jasper volleyball signed her letter of intent in the community room to continue her career at Franklin College with family, coaches and teammates on hand. Franklin is an NCAA Division III program that went 15-15 this year. The Grizzlies will be getting a player who helped Jasper win a sectional championship as a freshman and sectional runner-ups in each of her subsequent years of high school. Egbert had been dreaming about playing a sport she loves at the collegiate level for a long time.

“When I’m on the court, I just feel like everything is so natural,” Egbert said. “All my worries just go away, and I know when I’m having a rough day or something, I can always count on that to be there.”

Egbert said Franklin suits her athletic needs, but more importantly her academic needs. She had been eyeing Franklin for a while, choosing the school over places such as Indiana University Southeast, Hanover College, Spalding University (Ky.) and Wabash Valley College (Ill.) Egbert intends to be an exercise science major in college. She liked the classroom sizes of the campus, and added the coaches and players were very welcoming to her when she visited. Egbert gave a speech after signing her letter of intent, thanking Grizzlies coach Mary Johnston and assistant Randi Garrett for the opportunity.

Her days of playing volleyball at Jasper may be over, but her days of associating herself with the Wildcats are not. Egbert said she plans to do conditioning with the team to get herself ready for her freshman year with the Grizzlies. She’s hoping to do things in the summer with her soon-to-be alma mater. Egbert thinks that she can be a good teammate at Franklin, and help everybody realize their fullest potential. Egbert thinks she most needs to work on her confidence, adding that she gets scared to do things because she doesn’t want to make a mistake. However, Egbert said she cannot have that mentality. She thinks she has most improved on her defense from her freshman year until now.

Brothers Tanner and Reece were on hand, and so were parents Jeff and Pam. Egbert’s parents told the Herald how proud they are of their daughter, and described the drive that she has.

“She’s very determined and she’s very dedicated and she’s going to work very hard to make herself excel,” Pam said.

Jeff said her daughter has been playing since around the fourth or fifth grade, and said she’s always had the desire to play beyond the high school level. He reiterated what his daughter said about her liking the classroom sizes and how she was treated by the players and coaches.

“They took her in right away,” he said. “She just had a good feeling. She said, ‘This was it,’ when we met that day.”

Wildcats coach Jennifer Hohl had been working with Egbert since she was younger, and got to be her head coach her senior year. Egbert is one of five seniors Jasper is losing to graduation. Hohl said Egbert has always been a natural athlete, but noticed she could compete at a higher level when she transitioned from sophomore to junior year, noting Egbert’s physical, mental and athletic growth. She noted how the Franklin signee stepped up as a leader by example and grew as a player during her senior season. Hohl said the Grizzlies are getting a hardworking player who can make an impact right away. She called Egbert independent and very coachable.

“She was our go-to player the majority of the time this season,” Hohl said.

Egbert said she is confident in her decision and could not be happier.

“I really felt like I found a place that feels like home for me,” she said.




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