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Shelby O’Neal Plays For Her Future
In order to continue her dreams on a collegiate level, junior Shelby O’Neal committed to play indoor and beach volleyball with the University of Arizona Wildcats on Sept. 17th.
O’Neal gravitated to this university due to its convenience to both home and California, where she will compete with the Lady Wildcats in tournaments.
“Arizona is just so similar to home, and it’s the proximity to California that just makes things more convenient when it comes to volleyball,” O’Neal said. “I can hop on a flight from Tucson to LA and compete in a tournament pretty easily.”
O’Neal also adored the team comradery. The division one coaching staff, as well as the tight knit community of athletes, were a selling point. She also connected with teammates similar to her, as well as her trainers.
“I’ve developed a close relationship with the staff. Coach Dave and Coach Gregg were really relatable and understanding over the phone, and meeting them and Coach Rita in person just really sealed the deal”, O’Neal said. “Plus, I’m really similar to one of their current players, so we connected pretty quickly!”
The 6’2 outside hitter and defensive specialist will assume her position as a wildcat in summer 2020. She’ll begin competing with the beach and indoor team her sophomore year.
“The spirit and the attitude of this university is something I immediately fell in love with”, O’Neal said. “I really can’t wait to be a wildcat!”