Pennsbury's Vreeswyk to Play Volleyball at West Chester

On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, Pennsbury senior Julia Vreeswyk was recognized for committing to continue her volleyball career at West Chester University.  To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery.

Julia Vreeswyk – West Chester University (Volleyball)

Major:  Exercise Science

Reasons for choosing West Chester:  “I was considering going to school at West Virginia or South Carolina, but I play club volleyball and they have recruiting coordinators. They e-mailed the West Chester coach, and she was looking for an outside hitter, which is my position. The first time I saw her she told me she wanted me and she offered me scholarship money. I talked it over with my parents, and I decided this was the right school for me.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in volleyball at the collegiate level?  “I was debating on playing at a D-II school or just having the college experience, but I just realized I couldn’t give volleyball up because it’s a big part of my life. I always really thought I could play college volleyball. I just had to work hard for it.”

Coach Mike Falter says:  “When I started coaching Julia in seventh grade, she showed a natural ability to move on the court. It was just a matter of time before she caught up with her athleticism. She just seemed like a solid volleyball player from the first time I watched her play, and we continued teaching her.
“Really what makes Julia the player she is – she’s smart. She understands the game. She always has very good questions about why we’re doing what we’re doing against the matchups. She’s great to have on the court because she’s like that coach on the court that can help the girls out knowing where they need to be because she sees the game very, very well.
“She played for the same club that I coached at a year or two and then she went to another club. We were always at the same tournaments and you’re always going to watch them play against these other big teams. Just the whole recruiting process and trying to find the best school for her – it was exciting to find out where she ended up because she had so many options. I think where she ended up is a great opportunity. When I coached at Holy Family for one year, we played West Chester, and it’s just a really, really good volleyball team. I think she’ll fit in great there, and that level is perfect for her. I think she can really do well.”

About Julia:
Favorite food: 
Cereal
Favorite movie:  Twilight
Favorite music:  Alternative