Name: Willow Helena Markowitz
College: Lewis-Clark State College
Q & A
Q: While in high school, did you play any other sports besides volleyball? Did you know all along you wanted to play in college?
A: I only played volleyball in high school. I am passionate about volleyball and it has been a dream of mine to play in college.
Q: When did you start getting interest from college coaches?
A: I had 14 colleges seriously interested in me. On September 1st, of my junior year, I received quite a few letters of interest. I got offers from DI, DII, DIII & NAIA schools to come on official visits during my senior year. I was very seriously looking at a DI university that offered me a full-ride scholarship, but after I visited Lewis-Clark State College, I knew this was a fit for me.
Q: Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why?
A: My parents were pivotal in helping me with the recruiting process, along with BeRecruited. We would sit down together at the computer, looking at various colleges and universities, and were able to see all they had to offer.
My coaches helped me with my training to get me where I am today. I picked up a volleyball, for the very first time, one week before freshman tryouts at my new high school.
Q: What role did your coaches have in helping you get recruited?
A: David Hahn, my 16-1 coach at Sports Shack was very instrumental in getting me exposed to great colleges. He spoke to many coaches at big national qualifiers on my behalf.
Q: What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
A: The most challenging part of the recruiting process was when I had to turn down full-ride scholarships with other colleges. After corresponding, visiting, and building relationships with college coaches over a period of time, they become your friend. When you make the call to tell them you are not coming to their school, it’s sad.
Q: How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?
A: BeRecruited gave me exposure to many colleges that I normally would not have had. Lewis-Clark State College contacted me through this website. I got exposure from collegesthat did not go to Nationals, but could access information and videos that were on my BeRecruited profile.
Q: To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?
A: Winning my first gold medal at the FarWest Jr. National Qualifier 2011 was awesome. Representing the U.S.A. at the European Global Challenge 2011, and receiving silver medalwas an honor too.
Q: What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?
A: Definitely become a member of BeRecruited. It saves time in finding colleges and knowing how and where to correspond with them. You can blog about big events that have happened to you which gets buzz from coaches. I could see what colleges looked at me. Some colleges did not bookmark me, but contacted me directly via my email that I had on the site.
Thank you for putting a website like this together for athletes. My younger brother is going to try to play basketball or waterpolo when he gets to high school. I am sure my parents will be signing him up, as well. My parents will be debt free because I got a full ride to college!
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