After playing on Dobyns-Bennett High School’s first-ever men’s volleyball team, Garrett Sherer is making the jump to play at Milligan College.
Sherer played basketball all four years of his high school career, but he said he didn’t have plans to play collegiate sports.
But then he gave volleyball a try and loved it.
He said his training for basketball helped him acclimate to playing volleyball.
“I started in tryouts and I started playing, and I was like, ‘I love this,'” he said. “This is extremely fun. I continued to play and I enjoyed it, so my coach talked about me maybe playing collegiate level, and I was like, ‘That’s crazy,’ I never would have thought of that.”
Coach Katie Helvey, who heads volleyball at Milligan, said men’s volleyball is slow-starting in the area. The Appalachian Athletic Conference doesn’t recognize men’s volleyball as a sanctioned sport yet. She added that Milligan is the third team to add men’s volleyball in the conference.
“Right now it doesn’t make sense for us to be in a conference with Florida, St. Louis, Kentucky, Cincinatti, budget-wise, so we’re still considered club,” Helvey said. “However, the beauty of that is we get to play all levels.”