Bryan College volleyball coach David Shumaker bolstered the Lady Lions roster Thursday afternoon with the signing of Cleveland Lady Raider libero Eva Wilhelm.
Wilhelm said she decided on the Dayton college after considering the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“I want to go to Bryan because it is a really good school. I’ve been interested in Bryan for a while. I wanted to go to a smaller school,” said the future criminal justice major. “I was thinking about going to UTC, but I really wanted to stick to a smaller school. I felt like Bryan was the college for me to go to. I decided to stick with Bryan.”
Wilhelm is more than familiar with the style of play at Bryan after having played club volleyball for Shumaker two years ago.
“I’ve played for coach Shumaker before and I really liked him as a coach. I’m excited to get to play for him again,” she said.
Shumaker said he is expecting good things from his newest recruit.
“Eva is a great defensive specialist. She has the potential to develop into a full time libero. I got to coach her in club ball two years ago, what impressed me most was her athleticism and her drive. She’s got great “get after it.” She can play any of the back row positions.”
Cleveland Lady Raiders coach Trish Flowers said the move to college volleyball should not be a difficult one for Wilhelm.
“I’m proud of Eva and the opportunity she has. She has been an amazing player for us the past four years and I think she will definitely represent Bryan well. I wish her the best of luck,” she said.
“I think what is neat about this situation is Dave was her club coach a couple of years ago. His style of coaching is very similar to what we use here. I think she will fit in very well. It will be neat to see how she does.”
Shumaker feels Wilhelm has the ability to adjust quickly to the college game and insert herself into the lineup fairly quickly.
“I think she has the potential to move in quickly. She’s had great experience here playing club ball and school for Trish. Trish trained her really well. She and I run a similar defensive system so that won’t be a transition for her at all,” he said.
Wilhelm said her motivation to succeed was rooted by missing a couple of chances earlier in her career. Her goal is to do all she can to be the best she can be and help the Lady Lions in any way possible.
“The things coach Flowers has taught me I think will stick with me more than anything. I tried out in the sixth and eighth grades and didn’t make it. I think that kind of pushed me to try my hardest and give my best and not take it for granted. I think I will have fun with it,” she said.
Wilhelm said she had no major plans right now as far as college is concerned. Her major objective is sticking with her major while working and playing volleyball.
“I’m just going to take my required classes. Maybe my major will change, I’m not really sure. Criminal justice has been something that has interested me for a while. I think I will probably stick with it,” she said.
“I just want to be a really good student and have good grades. I’m going to be working as well so to juggle working, school and volleyball will keep me busy. I want to do well in all areas.”