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The most decorated volleyball player in the Richmond area will stay in the Richmond area for her college career.
Caitlin Burroughs, a senior at Northeastern High School, on Monday signed a letter of intent to play college volleyball for Indiana University East.
Burroughs is a 5-foot-11 middle hitter. She led Northeastern to a 29-1 record and the program's first Class 2A sectional title during the 2009 season. She was a Class 2A all-state selection.
Northeastern is a few miles north of the IU East campus
"A lot of people know who she is. To be able to keep that local player, that local interest, that local talent, is a major benefit for all of us," said IU East coach Charlie Brown.
Burroughs finished her senior season with 572 kills, 108 aces and 197 blocks (including 149 solo blocks). She is expected to contribute on the front row for the Red Wolves.
"She has a tremendous volleyball IQ and volleyball resume," Brown said. "She brings an element of height, and is a smart and versatile hitter in the front row.
"This is absolutely the next step in the progression of the program. It speaks volumes about where our program is going when you can get a quality kid who could have gone a lot of places, and she chose IU East."
Burroughs plans to study anthropology. She hopes to pursue a career in archaeology.
"It's close to home and I'll still be close to family and friends," Burroughs said. "It's a smaller school so that won't change too much for me."
Burroughs will join a Red Wolves team that just finished a 30-12 season that included the program's first Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. IU East also made its first appearance in the NAIA National Championships.
"I'm coming off of a winning season with my high school team and I'll get to come to another team that had an amazing season," Burroughs said. "I just hope I can help maintain what they've started and build upon that."
Click here to read the article on Burroughs' signing in the Richmond Palladium-Item.