Grafton’s Rachel Blitt Commits to CNU for Volleyball

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Grafton's Rachel Blitt has verbally committed to Christopher Newport University. (file photo)
Grafton’s Rachel Blitt has verbally committed to Christopher Newport University. (file photo)

Grafton senior volleyball player Rachel Blitt has her answer prepared for the upcoming winter break when relatives ask where she will attend college.

The middle hitter was debating between attending Division III Christopher Newport University and Berry College in Georgia, ultimately deciding to stay close to home and committing to CNU nearly two weeks ago after official visits to both schools.

Blitt said she was swayed by CNU after touring the campus and meeting her future teammates.

“The girls were so great,” she said. “My parents told me, ‘You’ll have that gut feeling and you’ll know that’s where you want to go.’ I didn’t think it was going to happen to me, but when I left I knew I wanted to play here.”

During her official visit, Blitt attending CNU’s homecoming football game Saturday after spending pregame preparations with the volleyball team that morning. Blitt was on hand to watch the Captains win both volleyball games that morning.

After the matches, Blitt got some one-on-one time with CNU Coach Lindsay Birch, who officially offered Blitt a spot on the roster. Despite not being ready to commit on the spot, Blitt said she still had a feeling her mind was made up.

An aspiring accounting major, Blitt said she was impressed with the business school at CNU and the friendliness of the community during her visit. The ability to stay close to home was also a major factor for Blitt, who has already heard from Grafton teammates and teachers who plan on stopping by to watch games.

“It’s kind of cool that so many people would come to the games because it’s so close,” she said.

Blitt’s goal was to have her college decision made before Christmas so she could answer questions from family about her future plans with confidence. With her commitment locked up, Blitt is relieved to focus on the volleyball postseason, which will begin for Grafton today against Lafayette in the Conference 18 tournament.