From Pioneer to Mountaineer.
Jonathan Alder senior volleyball standout Alexa Hasting made this transition a reality Wednesday, Nov. 9, when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play the sport she loves at West Virginia University (WVU), during a ceremony in the high school’s gymnasium.
Hasting, a versatile player capable of playing anywhere on the court, is a big get for WVU. She said it was the family atmosphere in Morgantown, W.Va. that ultimately led her to signing with the Mountaineers.
“I think it’s just really exciting to sign in front of all of my family and friends and just officially become a member of the West Virginia University volleyball team,” she said. “I think it was mainly the coaches, I really clicked with them and the team and I loved hanging out with them. It was just everything else they had to offer I just really loved it.”
Hasting an All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Central District selection her senior year with Alder chose WVU over offers from Bowling Green State University and interest from Ohio State.
“I liked both of those other schools but it was the coaches at West Virginia that made the difference.”
Alder volleyball coach TJ Read who has known Hasting for years said he knows WVU is getting a hard-working player who loves the game.
“Making the transition from being a Pioneer to a Mountaineer says a lot I think you’re going to be a wonderful asset to the team, they are really blessed to have you on their team,” Read said during the ceremony.
“I don’t think there are a lot of athletes that can do what this young lady can do.”
Hasting will play the club season for Elite and will likely hit the ground running when she gets to WVU.
“It’s like three and a half hours away so it’s a good distance, but close enough if I want to drive home I can, I really liked the distance part.
“They said if I come in shape and ready to go I should be on the floor as a freshman, as long as I’m working hard in club season I should be good.”
Getting a chance to play volleyball beyond high school became a reality for Hasting sometime prior to her junior season at Alder.
“I say it was when I got my first offer (BGSU) the summer before my junior year, that’s when I knew it was serious and I had the potential to play after high school,” Hasting said.
Hasting helped Alder win multiple district championships and played a critical role on helping the Pioneers reach the D-II state championship.
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