By Kayla Koumjian
Once their college years are finished, many athletes hang up their jerseys with the knowledge that their competitive career is over.
This cannot be said senior Kayla Bromback, who for four years had worked and trained with the Trailblazers volleyball team, amassing a large number of accomplishments and accolades in her time with the College. Recently she was recruited to take her skills to the next level of professional play.
On March 18, Bromback received great news about the continuation of her athletic career. She was selected to play volleyball for the New England team.
Tryouts for the premiere team began on Feb. 26 and cuts were made on March 18.
Bromback was stunned to find her name on the roster.
“I was shocked, I had to read the list twice,” she said.
The New England team is a part of the USA Premier Volleyball League (PVL). The PVL is a grassroots professional volleyball league and began this year. The teams are made up from the 40 regional volleyball associations across the U.S.
“It’s for post-collegiate athletes,” Bromback explained. “I’m not sure how old the oldest player is on our the team, probably around 30 and I’m the youngest at 22.”
Bromback will be graduating at the end of the spring semester with a degree in psychology.
Bromback explained that 16 girls made the roster, and only 12 of them will be attending the USA Open National Championship in Salt Lake City, UT.
She was first informed about the team from MCLA’s women’s head coach, Amanda Beckwith.
“I had found out about the opportunity at a big recruiting event in Hartford this January and shared the information with her and other seniors,” Beckwith explained. She is happy for Bromback.
“I think Kayla saw a great opportunity and went for it. I am very proud of her achievements and look forward to watching her play more in the future,” she said.
Bromback has had a great career here at MCLA. She has played volleyball for all four years she attended and received many honors while playing.
“She has been ranked nationally twice for hitting percentage,” said Beckwith said. “She also finishes as our all-time block and kills leader.”
Along with those achievements, Bromback has also been a four-year starter, a captains council member, MASCAC player of the week, and an All-MASCAC second team member.
“Kayla has led our team in blocks and kills for many years and she currently holds the all time career record in both here at MCLA,” Beckwith explained.
Bromback is from Lee, Mass., and used to play on a young Berkshire Country team. Her position was an outside hitter during high school. When she came to MCLA, Coach Beckwith moved her position to a middle hitter. Bromback has started in that position since then.
“Kayla grew so much from the high school outside hitter, to the dominant middle hitter she has become,” Beckwith said.
“She is a tricky middle hitter,” Beckwith continued. “She sees the court well and knows how to find holes in the opponent’s defense.”Her hit is also a force to be reckoned with.”
Bromback is very eager to play and continue improving in her sport.
“I’m just hoping to improve and learn from the players. They have all been playing for a while and most are on the national team,” Bromback said.
Beckwith is very happy for Bromback and has enjoyed her time here at MCLA.
“It has been a pleasure coaching Kayla this past four years,” she said.