McPherson High senior Rachel Dossett will be going from one powerhouse volleyball program to another.
Dossett on Tuesday signed a letter of intent with NAIA power MidAmerica Nazarene University of Olathe, which has been the dominant program in the Heart of America Athletic Conference, including last year’s 12-1 league record and 28-9 mark overall. The Pioneers have won the last five Heart championships and were 1-2 at the NAIA nationals last season.
They also have a new coach, but a familiar figure. Christina Ludwick, who coached at Central Christian College for three seasons with her tenure ending in 2015, recently took over as the Pioneers’ head coach and obviously didn’t forget her time in McPherson. Ludwick was at St. Thomas University in Florida last year, guiding her team to 25 wins.
Dossett is excited about the move.
“It was actually my first college visit,” said Dossett, a four-year member of the McPherson High volleyball program that culminated with a state trip each year. “I was really impressed with the coach, she was so enthusiastic and energetic. I just really loved the campus and everyone was very nice and very welcoming with open arms.”
Dossett earned All-AVCTL Division III honors as well as honorable mention All-State honors during her senior year and will compete in the Kansas Volleyball Classic on June 2-3 in Topeka.
She was second-team All-League as a junior and made the All-Tourney Team at Salina.
Dossett just recently completed postseason club volleyball play.
“I know I’m going to need to work very hard if I want to get some playing time my freshman year,” Dossett said. “They have two varsity middle hitters (returning), so I’m going to be in competition with them.”
“Rachel can bring a high level of volleyball technique, volleyball savvy and a lot of experience from her club days and playing in the state tournament,” MHS assistant volleyball coach Cheryl Malm said. “She’s played on the big stage and played well on the big stage. She’s a great teammate, always puts team first and is a hard worker. She’ll be a huge asset at MidAmerica.”
Malm said Dossett evolved in her final two years.
“This year she took on more of a leadership role,” Malm said. “She’s not a huge, outspoken kid, but I would see her in practice walk up and whisper in a kid’s ear, ‘make sure you do this or make sure you do that. She was a behind-the-scenes motivator and a thinker. She sees things on the court that some kids don’t see.’”
Off the court Dossett has been a member of KAYS and the International Club.
She will major in chemistry.