Faith Kobel has found a home away from home.
The Washington High School senior on Wednesday, Nov. 8 signed a letter of intent to attend Georgian Court University, which is located in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Kobel was joined for the special occassion by her high school coaches, school administrators, Lady Lion volleyball teammates and family.
“When you’re going to college, it’s for the academics, mostly,” Kobel said. “I looked at the academics and they had what I wanted. Then, I looked into the athletics and they had everything I wanted from a volleyball program. I really liked the coaches and the teammates I meshed really well with.
“When I stepped on campus, I felt like I was home,” Kobel said. “It was everything I wanted. It was a place I could see myself living for the next four years.”
She also looked at Cedarville University, Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and Salem University in West Virginia.
Kobel is going to study Biology pre-med on her way to becoming an anesthesiologist.
Kobel has enjoyed her time at Washington High School.
“It’s been amazing,” Kobel said. “I’ve met so many people and got to bond with so many coaches and the people in the program. I’ve learned so much from all of them.”
As befitting a person on her way to studying Biology pre-med in college, Kobel enjoys science.
“I really like the material science class I’m in right now,” Kobel said. “I’m taking anatomy this year also.”
“Faith has played for me for three years as a middle blocker,” Washington head volleyball coach Ashley DeAtley said. “She was second on our team in kills in the front row and led our team in blocking.
“She’s had a huge impact on our program,” DeAtley said. “She has always worked on every aspect of her game. She stepped in to serve a lot for us and even played some in the back row for us. She’s going to leave big shoes for us to fill.
“She’s wanted to play in college for a long time,” DeAtley said. “I know she’s going to be a big impact player for their program and we wish her well.”
“There’s no guarantee as far as playing time,” Kobel said. “Even if I’m giving my hardest now, I’m going to have to go even harder and push myself farther than I ever have before.
“I would definitely have to thank God, first of all, because of all of the abilities I’ve been given,” Kobel said. “I wouldn’t be able to do anything if it weren’t for Him. I would also want to thank my parents. My mom, she pushed me farther than I ever could. At times when I wanted to give up, she would still be pushing me, saying, ‘you can do it, don’t give up. You can do anything you want.’
“And also, the coaches,” Kobel said. “I’ve been taught so much. I didn’t know what volleyball was and now I’m going to be playing in college.”