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West Geauga’s Kaitlyn Dansczczak commits to Slippery Rock

West Geauga senior Kaitlyn Danszczak on Sunday announced her commitment to continue her education and volleyball career at Slippery Rock University.

“It is so exciting to continue my education and volleyball career at the next level because it has always been a dream of mine to compete at the collegiate level,” Danszczak said.

Slippery Rock began recruiting Danszczak back in the spring.

“The process was smooth sailing,” Danszczak said. “There was great communication from both ends and the coaching staff at Slippery Rock made it even better. Slippery Rock has a great Exercise Science program, which first got me interested in there. Then, when I had my first visit, I fell in love with the campus. Soon after that, I had an overnight visit and I know SRU was the perfect fit for me.”

In addition to Slippery Rock’s academic offerings, Danszczak felt right at home with the coaching staff and her future teammates.

“Coach (Laurie) Lokash and Coach Erin (Street) are both super nice and approachable,” she said. “When I had my overnight visit, I got to spend some time with a few of the players and felt extremely welcomed. I immediately knew that Slippery Rock was the school for me when I met the coaches and players.”

Danszczak was recruited as an outside hitter.

“I think I will fit great in the role,” she said. “I have some tough shoes to fill, but with the help of my future teammates, I think I will be a great fit.”

As a senior, Danszczak recorded 236 kills in 67 sets. She also posted 27 service aces, 21 blocks, and 152 digs.

She finished her career with 484 kills, 80 aces, 43 blocks, and 318 digs in 151 sets played, and was a key contributor in West Geauga winning back-to-back conference titles in 2020 and 2021, the first in school history.

While she’s excited about her future at Slippery Rock, Danszczak is keenly aware her time at West Geauga is short.

“I will miss my friends at West G the most,” she said. “I made so many close friends over the past years and will miss them the most. I will also miss the entire volleyball program and Coach (Amber) Baker as they both have supported me since day one.”

Steve Hare
Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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