Suffern senior setter Julia Hrycyk has orally committed to Canisius College for next season, her club director Rob Crispi confirmed to The Journal News Thursday afternoon.
Crispi, who coaches Hrycyk and her Mounties teammate Sam Uline for USA-NY, asked that the information not go public until he informed the rest of his team after practice Thursday night.
Hrycyk (pictured right, 18, with Uline) landed on Canisius because of its marine biology program, according to Crispi, who said the 6-foot-2 setter “never wavered” off her desire to find a school that would allow her to play volleyball and offered the field of study.
Crispi said that the terms of Hrycyk’s scholarship were negotiated in November while her and Suffern were winning the first state championship in program history in Glens Falls. Crispi invited Canisius coach Cathy Hummel to a club practice, where he said she needed approximately three minutes to agree to the deal.
“She’s become more efficient,” Crispi said of Hrycyk, who garnered first-team all-state honors this year. “Her block is just incredible … most setters don’t throw up that kind of block.”
Hrycyk’s commitment now gives the Mounties two Division-I prospects, joining Uline, who committed to the University of New Orleans prior to the start of the high school season.
Photo credit: Peter Carr/The Journal News