Kent Roosevelt senior Cortnee Bowser has signed her national letter of intent with the University of Cincinnati to continue her academic and volleyball careers.
Bowser, who is 6-foot-4, earned the 2013 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Volleyball Player of the Year honor and was a Division I first-team All-District and third-team All-Ohio selection.
Roosevelt reached the Division I district final for the first time in its volleyball program’s history before placing second to Hudson.
Roosevelt, which finished with a 22-3 record, featured five seniors: Bowser, Mylane Bella-Smuts, Hayley Chlad and Megan Lavins.
“This senior class is the most decorated class that Kent Roosevelt has had,” coach Tracy Reschke said. “They won four straight league titles and they led their team to the district final. They have taken this school where it hasn’t gone before. Words can’t describe how proud I am of them and how much our team, our school and myself are going to miss them.”
Bowser, who plans to major in chemistry, finished her career at Roosevelt with 657 kills and 170 blocks and is also an accomplished player on national AAU and club teams.
“Cortnee brings our program great physical size at the net from both a blocking and attacking perspective,” UC coach Molly Alvey said. “She is coming to UC from one of the top volleyball club teams in the country which made it to the championship match of both the Junior National Championships and AAU National Championships last summer. Her high-level understanding of the game will be a great asset for us going into next season and she is an intense competitor. We are very excited to have her as a Bearcat and are expecting great things from Cortnee early on in her career.”