LEIPSIC — Hayley Heitmeyer, 18, a senior at Leipsic High School, is looking forward to this fall when she starts at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Heitmeyer was a standout on the high school volleyball team and will take her talents to the university level.
“I’ve been playing sports since I was little. I’ve played basketball and volleyball and I gave basketball up my freshman year to concentrate on volleyball,” said Heitmeyer.
Heitmeyer is thankful she stuck with volleyball.
“I started out as a freshman on varsity so that was a big moment for me, very scary, kinda was nervous. I actually got to start so that was crazy, but then I kind of just went with it and that’s when I realized that I could have a future in volleyball and so I really put extra effort into it,” she said.
The Leipsic volleyball team made it to regional finals but lost to Tiffin Calvert.
Heitmeyer’s talent attracted several schools but ultimately she decided to stay in Ohio.
“Xavier decided they needed a middle and I thought it was a really good fit for me. I love the school, I love the campus. The girls are really nice and it felt like home so I picked Xavier to further my academic and volleyball career,” she said.
Heitmeyer is a 4.0 student and is valedictorian of the senior class and has already decided on a medical career.
“I’m hoping to study biomedical sciences. I love science and biology in particular. I’m hoping I can get into the pre-med program and I just love helping people and feel like that’s a good route for me,” she said.
She’s been heavily involved in many activities at Leipsic High School.
“I’m in a bunch of clubs. I’m in Spanish Club, Art Club and National Honor Society. I love going to sporting events. Even though I only play volleyball I still love going to the football games, the basketball games,” she said.
“I put all of my time into studies and volleyball. My parents have always pushed me to be the best I can be in sports and academics so I really try my best,” she added.
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