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I.F.’s Schwendiman signs with USU Eastern volleyball

Tiffany Schwendiman prepares to sign her letter of intent with Utah State Eastern volleyball in a signing ceremony Friday in the Idaho Falls High School library. Marlowe Hereford / mhereford@postregister.com

By MARLOWE HEREFORD
mhereford@postregister.com

The latest in a steady stream of eastern Idaho volleyball recruits will be taking her talents to Price, Utah.

Idaho Falls senior Tiffany Schwendiman made it official Friday, signing her national letter of intent with Utah State Eastern in the presence of family, teammates, classmates and coaches in the Idaho Falls High School library. Schwendiman was recruited at the position she played in high school — libero — for the Golden Eagles.

Schwendiman, who has played volleyball since age 11, was initially offered a walk on spot at USU Eastern, but a scholarship became available. She was given a deadline to accept or decline it, and she said yes.

A volleyball player since age 11, Schwendiman said said she has always wanted to play in college, but wasn’t sure if it would be a possibility.

“Getting a scholarship and walking on is a big difference,” Schwendiman said. “I couldn’t imagine my life and not playing volleyball. I was really surprised and grateful.”

Schwendiman said she first got in touch with Utah State Eastern through captainu.com, a recruiting website that allows student athletes to contact coaches at colleges of various levels. She visited the campus Jan. 19 and right away felt like she found a good fit.

“I really loved the coach,” Schwendiman said. “She treats the team like her family.”

Schwendiman expressed much credit to Madison High School head coach Meranda Maestas, who is currently coaching her in club volleyball and spoke briefly Friday before Schwendiman’s signing. Schwendiman has been playing alongside athletes from several eastern Idaho schools including Sugar-Salem, South Fremont, Madison, Bonneville and Hillcrest.

“She’s taught me so much,” Schwendiman said. “Our season has been going great. It’s been so fun to get to know athletes from other schools.”

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