Sometimes the best news is received late.
Sometimes it is also unexpected.
For Central York girls’ volleyball standout Kamryn Stambaugh, it was bit of both.
Stambaugh recently fulfilled her dream to play women’s volleyball at Towson University, located just outside of Baltimore. Getting that opportunity, however, didn't come quickly or easily.
She felt at home after a visit to the campus last year. The Central York senior, who led the Panthers to the District 3 Class 4-A quarterfinals, even bought a magnet for her car, as well as a hat, that said "Towson" on it as a Christmas gift for her father.
She sent out several tapes and other personal information to Towson coach Don Metil in the hopes of obtaining a sought-after roster spot at the NCAA Division I program. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot of news this winter about her possible volleyball career there.
Months went by without an update. So Stambaugh had to expand her college search. Many other Division II and Division III schools were interested in the middle hitter, who earned a place on the District 3 Class 4-A All-Star First Team and Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team this fall.
Then everything changed.
Getting good news: Stambaugh came home one night in early May to find an email from Metil in her inbox. She wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first. After reading it, however, she finally got the news she was looking for all along — a spot on the Tigers' roster was hers for the taking.
It didn’t take long for her to accept it.
“Towson was my top choice,” she said of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) school. “I liked the campus. It’s near the water and it’s only a 45-minute drive from my house.”
Stambaugh wasn’t given much of an expectation about her playing time. She does know that there are at least two other girls at her position already on the roster for the Tigers, who finished second in CAA last year with a 10-6 mark.
What the 6-foot, 1-inch Stambaugh does know for sure is the information she received recently about how to condition herself this summer and to be ready for camp in early August.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” she said. “I know that as a freshman I may not get a whole lot of playing time, but I’m looking to make the most of it.”
In addition to having a solid volleyball program, the university also offers psychology classes in the field of behavior sciences.
“They have a mental hospital there called Shepard Pratt that I’m really interested in doing an internship at,” she said. “They only have three base psychology branches for undergrad at Towson, but they can expand to any fields.”
Towson’s decision to offer Stambaugh a spot marks the second year in a row that the Tigers have extended an invitation to a player with her club team at Ballyhoo in York. Hempfield’s Marrisa Wonder, who just finished her freshman season at Towson, also played at Ballyhoo, which is headed by Delone Catholic girls’ volleyball coach Jason Leppo.
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