Cambridge-Isanti Volleyball’s agile and aggressive 6-footer Julia Walfoort signed a scholarship agreement to take her game to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall next season.
The two-time All-Mississippi 8 middle hitter finished her Bluejacket career with 459 total kills, 185 blocks, 70 service aces and 296 digs which characterized her versatility on the court.
“Julia has been an outstanding volleyball player and a great leader as captain for us,” said C-I Coach Vicki Courts. “She’s been a fun player to coach, and I’m very excited to see how it goes over the next four or five years for her.”
“I think I have a really good all-around game, and I think that’s one of the reasons SMSU was looking at me,” said Walfoort when asked to describe what she will bring to the Mustangs. “Not that many 6-footers work that hard in the back row, and hopefully I can bring a lot of energy and versatility to the team.”
Last season, Southwest Minnesota State finished 25-7 overall and 17-3 in the NSIC which holds perennial power and top rival Concordia University of St. Paul. The Mustangs reached the NCAA tournament the past eight seasons, making it to the Sweet 16 round last autumn. Walfoort may be able to play with Braham native Devin Diedrich who missed last season with a knee injury and may return for her senior redshirt season.
“I met the girls, stayed over. I really love the coaching staff– they’re amazing. The Mustangs are a really good team, and I’ll improve a lot by working with them,” said Walfoort. “I also really like the school. I’ll get a good education with smaller class sizes.”
Walfoort, who is considering studying pre-engineering at SMSU, is also a strong all-around student with great grades and enjoys singing in the CIHS Jazz Choir. Volleyball turned into a year-round passion since 5th grade.
“I’ve been doing JO club volleyball and school volleyball all the way through. I love playing the game all the time, and I always want to get better,” she finished.
– Story & photo by Greg Hunt