The McPherson High School volleyball team will have not one but two division one players on its roster. MHS confirmed on Monday that middle hitter Katie Berg has committed to Long Island University.
LIU, located in New York, is a member of the Northeast Conference. Berg was sold from the day she was in contact by head coach Ken Ko and his assistant Andy Mueller, and is looking forward to becoming a Shark next year.
"They are both such great coaches with lots of experience in the coaching world," Berg said. "We covered all the big details to make sure that it was not only the right fit for me but for them and their program as well.
“I just loved the relationship that I developed with the coaching staff and what they were about. LIU won 12 conference championships and I always knew I wanted to compete at the high level and be part of such an awesome and successful program."
LIU, which has two main campuses in both Brooklyn and Brooksville, is 1,424 miles apart from McPherson. Berg is not shying away from traveling East. It might be long far away from home, but Berg knew she couldn't pass the opportunity of being a Division-I player.
"I've never been too nervous about it," Berg said. "Just knowing that a lot of the other girls on the team are from out of state as well, and I know that D1 level, I will be with my teammates and coaches all the time and have a built-in family that supports me."
Berg, listed at 6-foot-3, will be a senior this fall. She made the All-AVCTL Division III honorable mention during her junior campaign, and will be one of the top returning players coming back for McPherson after finishing 28-12 last season. Despite losing both Cassie Cooks and Andrea Sweat, McPherson will have three total seniors returning and upcoming juniors who saw plenty of minutes last season, including Rhian Swanson, who is already a KU commit.
For three straight seasons, the Bullpups were one-game shy from entering the state tournament after falling short in sub-state finals. Berg got some of her weight off her shoulders when she committed and is looking forward to this coming season, hoping to end her high school career on a high note.
"When making my decision and looking at my options, timing was very important for me, and LIU met my timeline and checked all my boxes, making it a perfect fit," Berg said. "This year is going to be great for McPherson volleyball as we have lots of returning talent in the gym and I'm excited to take the year and do everything I can to get better, have a great season with my teammates and show everyone what McPherson volleyball can do."