Prosser staying close to home, chooses Wartburg

ELDORA – Any college volleyball program further than an hour away from Eldora and South Hardin High School was going to have to work extra hard to receive the services of Tiger setter Kayla Prosser.

The South Hardin senior just had no intentions of venturing too far away from her small-town atmosphere and family farm.

In the end, it came down to NCAA Division III Wartburg College and Marshalltown Community College, and the four-year school with a conference record of 21-1 the past three seasons won out.

Prosser told the T-R on Tuesday that she would be attending Wartburg next fall and will play setter for the Knights volleyball squad.

“I just wanted to go to a four-year school because socially I thought that would be better,” said Prosser, who was a first-teamer on the Times-Republican all-area team this past year. “I will have friends on the volleyball team for four years. I also just really liked the coaches and they have a strong program.”

Wartburg went 26-12 overall and 7-0 in conference play last season, was 32-6 and 7-0 in 2012 and 24-11 and 7-1 in 2011.

And the fact that the campus in Waverly is only about an hour away and the Wartburg classes are small both served as a big advantages to Prosser.

“They have a really nice campus,” Prosser said. “It’s small. That is what I liked. South Hardin is small, too. I don’t think I would have liked a big school. You can get more one-on-one time with the teachers there, too.

“We are farmers. I need to come back and be able to help with that. I didn’t want to have to drive that far to get back home.”

Prosser was the primary setter in the Tigers’ 6-2 formation, but she also was third on the team in kills with 170, second in digs with 242 and third in blocks with 78. Her 753 assists and 92 aces led the team and were 13th and 3rd in Class 2A, respectively.

Wartburg’s roster will include six setters on next year’s roster not counting Prosser. Three of those Knights also are listed as hitters. Prosser knows the adjustment to college will be different, and she wants to see how she fits in with the current crop of players before making any kind of predictions on playing time.

“College is so much different than high school,” Prosser said. “I want to come in and just see how I fit and see how I can help the team and go from there. There are a few other setters, but (Wartburg assistant coach Doug Frazell) said he really wants to work with me, and I am left-handed so that helps.”

The decision process in choosing Wartburg over Marshalltown CC was a difficult one. Prosser took her time, weighed her options and eventually decided on the school that she thought would be of most benefit to her.

Prosser wants to get into Agricultural Business after college, but Wartburg does not offer that as a major so she’ll earn a degree in business for now. The idea of obtaining quality internships at Wartburg also played a role in her final decision.

“They do a lot of internships there, even for the underclassmen,” said Prosser, who also stars on the South Hardin basketball team and averages more than 18 points and nine rebounds per game this season. “So I will probably try to work for a seed company or John Deere or something.”

Prosser’s basketball season continues Friday night as she and her South Hardin teammates head east to face No. 8 Dike-New Hartford in the regional semifinals. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.