Loyola (Md.) University volleyball coach Jake Lawrence liked what he saw in video highlights of Micah Duzey’s ability.
Lawrence must have been even more impressed with the Cary-Grove senior’s diligence. Duzey pored over websites for the better part of a year, studying rosters in search of college teams that would have liberos graduating.
It goes with the position.
“For my position, it’s hard to get scholarship money,” said Duzey, who is 5-foot-5. “I have a [National Collegiate Scouting Association] profile, but one day I started looking through schools and conferences. I looked at Loyola’s roster and saw they were in need of a libero.”
Duzey emailed and called Lawrence, who called back a day later, interested. Duzey committed to the Greyhounds two weeks ago and soon will sign her NCAA national letter of intent. She will receive about 75 percent her first two years, then a full scholarship the final two.
“I saw that they had two liberos, one was a sophomore and one was a senior,” Duzey said.
Duzey considered D-I South Carolina State and NAIA Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She currently is playing club volleyball with Sky High Volleyball Club’s 18 White team.
McClaughry to Illinois-Springfield: McHenry shortstop Alex McClaughry, a four-year varsity player, will attend D-II Illinois-Springfield next year to play softball.
McClaughry said she made the initial contact through email with Prairie Stars coach Matt Mundell.
“I was emailing coaches and getting my name out there,” McClaughry said. “[UIS] emailed me back and we were talking for a while. [Mundell] came out and saw me at a showcase tournament in St. Louis.”
That was in the fall with McClaughry’s travel team, McHenry County Chaos. She signed with the Prairie Stars in the fall signing period.
“It’s a great program for softball,” McClaughry said. “The coach is great. And academics-wise, I’ll get into their honors program.”
McClaughry was a Northwest Herald All-Area honorable-mention selection last season.
Gators moving on: Crystal Lake South first baseman Max Meitzler, a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection last season, will play at NAIA Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Two other Gators, utility player Tommy Gaede and pitcher Josh Fruhauf, also finalized their college plans to play and attend NAIA schools.
Gaede will play at Purdue-Calumet. South coach Brian Bogda calls Gaede a player who gives the team flexibility with his ability to play third base or outfield. He hit .264 with nine RBIs and 15 runs last season, and Bogda will look at him as the Gators’ No. 2 hitter this season.
Fruhauf, a right-hander, will play at Iowa Wesleyan College. He was 1-1 pitching mainly out of the bullpen last season and will have an expanded role in the rotation this spring.