Locals Make Most of Lost Division I Opportunities
South Dakota State Commits Bailey Romans and Molly Trapp Found a Home at UW-Superior
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Esko native Molly Trapp and Duluth East grad Bailey Romans thought they playing volleyball for Division I South Dakota State. However, a change of coaches, led to an unexpected change of scenery.
“When the new coach came in, she was like eight or nine months pregnant,” said Romans. “She didn’t really have a lot of time to watch us, and the games that she did watch, she didn’t think we were the best fit. She couldn’t promise us scholarship money.”
“Things weren’t working out with my scholarship,” adds Trapp. “The coach that recruited me promised me a scholarship my sophomore year and the new coach wasn’t sure.”
U–W superior coach Lynne Deadrick was familiar with both players and quickly offered them spots with the Yellowjackets.
“This is really exciting for uw–superior and our program,” said Deadrick. “To have these two local players come in, it’s kind of a win–win for us.”
For Trapp, UWS offered a chance to stay close to home. Something Trapp didn’t realize she wanted the first time she picked a school.
“I’m a very family oriented person,” said Trapp. “Going five hours away from home was going to be really hard for me to adjust to. For all that to happen, it was like a sign for me saying maybe you should stay closer to home.”
Meanwhile, Romans even thought about giving up on volleyball altogether, but feels she’s found a home, not far away from home.
“The girls were more than welcoming,” said Romans. “They were great, we’re like a family and I couldn’t imagine playing anywhere but closer to home and having my parents be able to come watch me.”
Deadrick has seen similar situations before.
“The reality is for a lot of these kids they do leave home and then come back,” she said. “I’m just happy that they made the decision to stay close to home.”
Deadrick is also excited about her new twin towers what they could mean to the ‘Jackets.
“Molly has a bright future,” said Deadrick. “Her size, something we’ve never had, coming in at 6’6″. And for Bailey, 6’4″, lefty right side hitter brings a different look. I’m just glad she’s on our team.”
They are on her team, and with this new infusion of local talent, UWS looks poised to be a factor in UMAC Volleyball.