Severna Park's Kasprzak, Wren earn W.Va. Wesleyan scholarships

March 29, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Julie Kasprzak and Susan Wren, who helped Severna Park's volleyball team win its third consecutive Class 4A state championship in the fall, have accepted full scholarships from West Virginia Wesleyan.

"Even though it's a Division II school, I felt it had what I needed and I thought I would make more of a difference there," said Kasprzak. "When I first started talking to the coaches, I said 'No, I don't want to go there,' but after I visited I knew I wanted to go there. It was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make in my life."

An outside hitter, Kasprzak led the Falcons with 226 kills and was named All-Metro first team. She was 224-for-239 serving with 46 aces.

Kasprzak, who turned down similar scholarship offers from Rutgers and Towson State, didn't start for Severna Park until the third match of her junior season, but quickly established herself as one of the more dominant players in the metro area.

That season, she led Severna Park with 158 kills, including 15 in a five-game victory over Northern-Calvert in the 4A state final, and was chosen first-team All-County.

She also is a starter on the prestigious Capital club volleyball team.

"She's put in a lot of time playing volleyball the last four years," said her father, Ken Kasprzak. "It's become a year-round endeavor. It's a big commitment, but in the end, hard work always pays off."

Wren, a setter who was chosen as the Baltimore Sun's Metro Player of the Year, turned down offers from Towson State, Duquesne, Delaware and Villanova. She compiled 527 assists (8.6 a game) and was second on the team in blocks with 24. She also served at 87-percent efficiency with a team-leading 64 aces.

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