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Alm verbally commits to University of Iowa for volleyball

Taylin Alm tweeted Saturday, “I am now a Hawkeye.”

The Mitchell High School senior verbally committed over the weekend to University of Iowa to play volleyball next year. After signing a national letter of intent to Pepperdine University in November, the 6-foot-4 outside hitter decided to look in other directions earlier this month after the Waves had a coaching change.

“I feel this is a better fit for me,” Alm said Sunday. “One of my goals is to win a national championship and I needed to set myself up for that. I felt like Iowa was the best place for that.”

The Hawkeyes recently hired a new coach, Bond Shymansky, who will begin his first season with the Hawkeyes in the fall. Before Iowa, Shymansky coached at Marquette and Georgia Tech.

“He’s energetic and has a vision for Iowa volleyball,” said Alm, who will receive a full-ride athletic scholarship. “It’s not going to happen four years from now, it’s going to start right now. He’s going to make it happen and I believe in him.”

Alm has two Mitchell High School records, including the single season kills record (457) and the all-time kills record (1,160). She is the first Kernel volleyball player to record more than 1,000 kills in her career.

Alm said she will sign a national letter of intent on April 16.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.