Video: Ohio State commit makes volleyball play of the year
Plays like this don't come often - especially deep in the playoffs.
Vermont and West Virginia have the highest percentage of women's volleyball players from within their states who stayed home to play in college. About 80 percent of athletes from those two states who are currently on NCAA D-1, D-2, D-3, or NAIA volleyball rosters chose in-state schools.
Many factors impact the decision to remain in state or travel out of state. One of the biggest is simply the availability of opportunities within a given state. The map below of where college programs reside gives insight into which states have college volleyball programs offering roster spots to begin with.
Along with the number of opportunities in-state, another major factor impacting the decision for many athletes is the out-of-state vs. in-state tuition costs. Our HS Athlete College Guide provides the tuition costs (in-state and out-of-state) for all 1,284 volleyball programs at the NCAA or NAIA levels. It also includes the number of athletic scholarship limits imposed by the NCAA or NAIA for each school, and calculates the average athletic scholarship money that a player on any given roster can expect to receive.
The differences between in-state and out-of-state are drastic in some cases - take, for example, the University of North Carolina, where in-state tuition with room/board is $24,349. Out-of-state is more than double at $49,431.
The ability of college coaches to spend their recruiting budget dollars on traveling also plays into the in-state numbers. Many coaching staffs make a concerted effort to recruit locally to strengthen local pipelines, and to save money in their recruiting budget. The HS Athlete College Guide lists every college team that has players from your state (and who those players are), so that you can learn which college coaching staffs are most likely to recruit your area, or which college programs don't currently have recruiting pipelines in your state.
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