Haley Kindall couldn't pass up the opportunity to get paid to play a sport she loves.
The 2013 Westerville Central High School graduate recently signed to play women's volleyball professionally for proWIN Volleys TV Holz in Germany.
"I was focused on college. But after that, the opportunity (to play professionally) came up, so I definitely took full advantage of it," said Kindall, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker who played an integral role for Central and Wheeling Jesuit University. "It's definitely going to be different, but I'm quite adventurous, so I think I'll be OK."
Although English is a popular language in Germany, Kindall plans to learn German.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to communicate pretty well," she said.
Kindall leaves July 16 for Heusweiler, Germany, to begin preseason training with proWIN Volleys TV Holz. The regular season starts Sept. 16. She first visited the area last December on an exposure tour when she also hired an agent.
"Kids really don't go pro a lot," former Central coach Shaun Servick said. "We've had some good players at Westerville Central and we've had some good players in club, but going pro is not something you really predict when you're a freshman, sophomore in high school. She definitely showed the ability to play at a certain level of college volleyball... The way things have turned out, (playing) professionally is just amazing."
Kindall helped Wheeling Jesuit win the 2015 NCAA Division II national championship and four consecutive Atlantic Region titles, along with posting a 156-17 overall record, including a 76-0 mark in the Mountain East Conference.
Last fall as a senior, Kindall led the Cardinals with 400 kills, 133 blocks and a .421 attack percentage, which ranked third in Division II. She was named second-team All-America and first-team All-Atlantic Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as well as MEC Player of the Year and D-2 Conference Commissioners Association Atlantic Region Player of the Year.
Kindall, who graduated from Wheeling Jesuit this spring, finished her collegiate career with 1,568 kills, 474 blocks and a .375 attack percentage.
"We are very glad that Haley will come to us," proWIN Volleys TV Holz managing director Philipp Grau said in a press release. "This means that a previously open position in the middle block is now very well-occupied. We are looking specifically for talents from the region and from our own young players and experienced players from abroad in order to create a team that has the potential to be among the top three of the league."
As a senior at Central, Kindall was named first-team all-district and second-team all-league, as the Warhawks posted a 23-3 record and won their first Division I district championship and their second consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division title.
"She was a large part of (the program's success), a huge contributor," Servick said. "As a three-year starter and letterwinner, she was one of our big, emotional, inspirational leaders."
Kindall credits her parents, David and Jill, for much of her success in volleyball.
"They've always encouraged me and given me the opportunities to do whatever I want," she said. "They never hold me back."