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With her family moving to Saratoga Springs, a small city just north of Albany in New York, Warhill senior Hanna Cormier began looking for colleges in New York where she could qualify for in-state tuition.
Cormier’s mother searched high and low for colleges throughout New York, eventually compiling a list of schools for Comier to sift through. She eventually stumbled upon Buffalo State College, a Division III school in Buffalo.
On Wednesday, Cormier announced her verbal commitment to play volleyball for Buffalo State, which is roughly a five-hour drive to Saratoga Springs and roughly three hours away from Utica College, where her sister Alayna Cormier plays basketball.
“We actually get to play Utica,” Cormier said excitedly. “It’s really exciting, because [Alayna] said it’s probably the only game she’ll go to as long as it’s at Utica. It should be pretty cool.”
Cormier took her first visit to Buffalo State around mid-July and took a full tour of the school’s athletic and academic facilities. She also had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Buffalo State Coach Maria DePeters, as well as some current players.
The Warhill middle hitter, who logged 56 kills, 19 aces, 28 blocks and 56 digs during her senior campaign, walked away impressed with DePeters, who she described as “bubbly.” She was also pleased with the makeup and chemistry of the players.
“Everybody was really welcoming,” she said. “They’re all great. There’s a diversity of personalities and they all work together.”
During her meeting with DePeters, Cormier was told she projects as an outside hitter in college after serving more of a utility role with the Lions.
Having a college decision made is “relieving” for Cormier, who was able to finish her high school career with back-to-back state championships.