WESTMINSTER - There aren’t many players at the high school level that have Teal Schnurr’s talents and there aren’t many that have her size, …
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WESTMINSTER - There aren’t many players at the high school level that have Teal Schnurr’s talents and there aren’t many that have her size, either.
At 6-foot-4, Teal Schnurr has been helping a revamped Standley Lake volleyball team improve to 8-5.
Just 11 games into her senior season at Standley Lake; Schnurr is leading the state in kills with 247 and is leading her team in blocks with 30.
It’s easy to see why a number of colleges have been trying to recruit the Gators’ outside hitter, but after going on over 20 college interviews she has already committed to Marquette University.
“I fell in love with the program,” the Standley Lake senior said. “I really like the coach and the girls. I know it sounds weird, but I really like Wisconsin. It’s also a really good school and so I’ll get a good education there.”
Schnurr will be joining a fairly good program. The Golden Eagles went 24-11 last season and finished third in the Big East. Marquette has also started this season 8-3.
Unlike most athletes that have taken the next step, Schnurr wasn’t raised playing the sport. In fact, she didn’t start playing competitive volleyball until her freshman year and has grown in leaps in bounds since then.
“When Teal began playing her freshman year she didn’t know how to serve the ball, now she is one of the best players in the league,” Gators’ coach Benjamin Thompson said.
Probably the biggest assistance to Schnurr’s growth was joining her teammate Brooke Leetham at the Juggernaut Volleyball club out of Wheat Ridge. It wasn’t soon after that she felt she could play volleyball at the college level and it didn’t take long for the college teams to notice the towering presence of Schnurr on the volleyball court.
“As soon as I started playing club, I was like `I can do this,’ ” Schnurr said. “(I) started getting letters from a lot of colleges because I’m so tall. Offers started coming in and it’s either full-ride or nothing.”
Her growth was apparent at Standley Lake too. After playing very sparingly during his sophomore year she led the Gators in kills (179) and aces (39) her junior year.
“Teal’s overall strengths are her hard work and her positive attitude,” Thompson said. “Her growth has been tremendous; it is a testament to her hard work.”
Last summer, she attended a camp at Marquette and after meeting the coaches and players she made her choice and has high expectations when she puts on the Golden Eagle jersey.
“I really am hoping I can start sooner rather than later,” Schnurr said. “I really hope we are going to win our conference, which would be so sweet. I made some really good friends with all my teammates when I went up to the summer camp, so it wouldn’t be too much of a transition. More than anything I just want to have a good time.”
Before she can even think about Marquette, she is hoping to finish her high school career strong.
“I just love playing for this crowd and these girls,” Schnurr said. “They are a fun group and we’ve become so close. I just want to go out with a bang.”
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