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EF volleyball standout Waters will sign with Loyola (Md.)

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

For months, Corri Waters has been looking forward to making official what virtually everyone at Elizabeth Forward already has known.

The senior volleyball player is planning to attend a Division I college.

Waters, a middle hitter at the center of Elizabeth Forward's recent success in girls volleyball, was looking forward to signing her letter of intent Wednesday to Loyola (Md.) during an afternoon ceremony at the high school.

“I'm really excited about getting the offer from Loyola,” Waters said. “For me, being able to continue at a Division I program is a reflection on all the hard work, not only by me but by the coaches that I've had.”

Elizabeth Forward produced a 15-3 record in 2013-14, missing the PIAA playoffs by one round after being eliminated from the WPIAL Class AA with a quarterfinal-round loss to Indiana.

The 6-foot Waters, who plans on majoring in engineering at Loyola, was perhaps the Warriors' best player on a team that produced several other college prospects — none, however, for Division I.

Three of Waters' teammates most likely were headed to Division III schools — setter Hannah Saunders to Penn State-Behrend; libero Mikayla Ambler to La Roche; and outside hitter Lisa Filippelli, tentatively to Elizabethtown.

“It's great opportunities for all of them,” Elizabeth Forward coach Lindsay Lesofsky said. “For Corri, getting to a D-I school is a major accomplishment. I'm just glad that I could contribute to her success. She is a great role model for others. What sets her apart is her ability to adapt to certain situations. Just by her mannerisms, you can tell she's a special player.”

And, Lesofsky insisted, a special person.

“She's a great person. Her family is great,” Lesofsky said. “They're really dedicated to helping her succeed both on the court and in the classroom. You really don't have to motivate Corri; she motivates herself. In volleyball, she's definitely the type of person you want to have her hands on the ball in critical situations. You just know that, many more times than not, she's going to make something special happen.”

Loyola is a member of the Patriot League, where its women's volleyball program struggled to a 8-20 overall record (5-11 conference) in 2013-14. Six of the 14 players on the Greyhounds roster were seniors.

“I'm looking forward to getting there,” Waters said. “I want to continue to do the things that I've done since seventh grade, when I really started to work hard. I've learned to manage my time.”

Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at dmackall@tribweb.com.

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