Former Westerville Central girls volleyball standout Katie Myers will finish her collegiate career at the University of Minnesota.

The 2016 Central graduate will earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Maryland next month and will begin pursuit of a master’s degree in sport management from Minnesota in the fall.

Myers, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, played two full seasons at Maryland and has two years of eligibility remaining.

“It just felt right all around,” said Myers, who also considered Florida, Nebraska, Penn State, Southern California and Utah. “They had the academic program I wanted to do, and volleyball-wise, they’re a top program and their coaching staff is world class. I’m really excited to learn from them, and I really love how they teach during their practices.”

Myers appeared in just two sets as a freshman at Maryland before suffering a season-ending torn meniscus in her left knee. The next year, she appeared in 10 matches before reinjuring the knee and was later granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA following the approval of a medical hardship waiver submitted by Maryland.

As a redshirt freshman in 2018, Myers started all 32 matches, leading the Terrapins in aces (53) and blocks (122) and ranking third on the team in kills (210).

Last fall as a redshirt sophomore, she started in 30 of 32 matches, leading Maryland in aces (46) and blocks (156) and ranking second on the team in kills (273). She was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference and All-North Region as well as honorable mention All-American by

At Central, Myers was a two-time OCC-Cardinal Division Player of the Year. She also shared Division I district Player of the Year honors as a senior.

“I absolutely loved my time at Maryland,” Myers said. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The people there were amazing, and they made my experience so much better.”