Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, is quickly becoming Woodland Park High School of the midwest.
On March 13, two more Panthers signed their letters of intent to play volleyball for the school during a signing ceremony.
Carli Vahsholtz and Paloma Juarros inked deals as Bethany coach Nathalea Stephenson looked on.
“They are really great athletes,” Stephenson said. “They bring a lot of knowledge about the sport.”
Last spring, former Woodland Park middle blocker Elin Saxon signed with the school.
“When we find a good program with girls that are that caliber we are going to go after them,” Stephenson said. “We feel that Carli and Paloma are players that can help us.”
Michaela Huntington, a 2013 Woodland Park alum, is on Bethany's softball team.
Vahsholtz enjoyed a stellar career with Woodland Park. A three-year starter at outside hitter, she led the Metro League in kills last season with 218. She also had 125 digs, which ranked second on the Panthers.
“When I visited Bethany I felt at home,” said Vahsholtz, who plans on majoring in elementary education. “I'm super comfortable with (coach Stephenson) and the team.”
Juarros was also a three-year starter and the quarterback on the court. She dished out 387 assists as a very vocal leader.
“(Coach Stephenson) is like a mother figure,” Juarros said with the smile. “She can help us adjust to school and we will learn a lot about volleyball.”
Juarros said she would like to go to medical school one day.
Vahsholtz and Juarros play club volleyball for Monument-based Colorado Classix.