Signing day: Niwot volleyball players take the stage once again

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Niwot’s Zoe Gonzales, center, joined teammates Emma Falk, Audrey Richard and Madison Schoeder as athletes who signed letters of intent to play in college next year during Wednesday’s early period signing day.

As evidenced by the fact that seven teams reached the state tournament out of the area, including three of the four Class 4A semifinalists, it’s safe to say that Northern Colorado is among the top areas at volleyball contenders in the state.

On Wednesday, early period national signing day, that idea was reinforced by the sheer number of Boulder-area players to sign letters of intent to play volleyball in college.

“Northern Colorado has been phenomenal the past couple years,” Niwot head coach Daisha Agho said. “There are a lot of great programs, coaches and players and it’s also just a really great atmosphere to be a part of. We’re very proud of the type of volleyball we play in the northern conferences and seeing how many girls are signing today really shows the quality of the sport in our area.”

Agho’s Niwot team reached the 4A title match this fall and in accordance with that level of success will send a number of players to the collegiate ranks next year.

Senior middle blockers Emma Falk and Zoe Gonzales signed with College of Charleston and Wake Forest, respectively. Both setter Madison Schoeder and outside hitter Audrey Richard signed together to play for Colorado School of Mines.

“I’m definitely super excited for next season,” Gonzales said. “I kind of came to the decision because when I went out to visit, it reminded me of Boulder and Colorado, and it kind of felt like a home away from home. I really loved it when I got on campus and I pretty much made my decision right there. It’s fun that we have so many girls signing today and getting to play at the next level.”

Over at Holy Family in Broomfield, the Tigers, who reached the 4A state semifinals this season, had a big signing of their own. Senior captain Ali Travis will play at Florida Southern.

Longmont, the third local team to reach the 4A semifinals, will send Zoe Lowe and Ellen Goodwin the Division-III ranks.

Dawson School’s Stella Bristol will play beach volleyball at Boise State.

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