BY WILL WILLEMS
DOVER — For the past four seasons, Western Boone senior Casi Neff has been a dominate force for the Western Boone volleyball team.
Now, the school’s career and single-season blocks leader, knows where she will be continuing her playing career. Neff had a signing ceremony on Thursday afternoon in the Western Boone auditorium and will be playing volleyball at Union University in Jackson, Tenn.
“It is a huge stress reliever,” Neff said. “Everything is finalized now, I know where I’m going and I can start to really get excited about it, focus on what I’m going studying and playing volleyball at a collegiate level.” Neff said a couple of things stood out at Union, which she chose over Illinois State.
“It was a smaller school, and I definitely liked the idea of that,” Neff said. “It is a Christian school and the location was great. I love Tennessee and it is far enough away from home, but still close enough that I can have family come visit at the same time.”
Neff, who stands 6-feet-4inches tall, will be the tallest player on the Union roster next season.
She said she feels good about her chances to contribute right away to the Bulldogs.
“I definitely think I will be put into the team and on the floor participating right away,” Neff said. “They need some height on their team so definitely being 6-foot-4 helps. I think I can be a dominant force there.” Neff will be joining Noblesville senior Christa Karns, who stands 6-foot-3-inches in the recruiting class, something that Neff was happy about.
“She is a friend of mine and she is tall of too,” Neff said. “Being recruited at the same time, we were kind of a package deal and I think that was appealing to the coaches too.”
Neff, who plans on studying cellular and molecular biology at Union, finished this season with 286 kills and 81 blocks, both highs for the Stars and was named firstteam all-Sagamore Conference.
She finished her career with 441 blocks and had 134 blocks her sophomore season, both school records.
“I am proud of having the records for blocks,” Neff said. “Then starting out as a freshman on varsity, and playing varsity all four years was something that I was happy about.”
She also became the first girl in school history to win four conference titles and four sectional titles.
“That is something that awesome to think about,” Neff said. “But I know that it is not just me that does it. The whole team has a big part of that. I am definitely honored to say that I played on a team that was so athletic and able to accomplish that feat.”
Neff will continue to play club volleyball until she heads off to school and says that she is going to be working on a few things before heading off to school.
“I am definitely working on my speed in transition and on my offense,” Neff said. “Then I want to stay a dominant force at the net with blocking because that is such a crucial thing in volleyball.”
WESTERN BOONE’S CASI NEFF poses with her family at her signing ceremony Thursday afternoon. Neff will play volleyball at Union University next year.