Rochelle Township High School rising senior Clare Green has committed to the NCAA Division III Cornell College volleyball program, and she will be continuing her academics and athletics in Mount Vernon, Iowa after she graduates in the RTHS Class of 2021.
“I decided on Cornell College because the school has everything I wanted,” Green said. “The more I learned about the school and the more I visited the campus, I knew I would be happy there for the next four years after high school. I’m looking forward to the higher level of volleyball and the higher standard of accountability. It will be great to bond with and play at a higher level with new teammates who share the same goals as me.”
A four-year varsity player for the Lady Hubs, Green has earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention in each of the past two seasons. The 5-foot-10 setter led the Lady Hubs with 458 assists in 2019, helping Rochelle secure a school-record 21 wins while guiding the Lady Hubs to the IHSA 3A Regional Finals for the second consecutive season.
“RTHS volleyball has helped prepare me for the college level by teaching me how to interact with different people and coaches, which have helped me become a leader for those around me,” Green said. “RTHS volleyball has given me more responsibilities, and I’ve played multiple positions over the years, which has helped me become the player I am today.”
Green totaled a team-high 594 assists and 38 aces during her sophomore season in 2018, when she earned her first All-Conference Honorable Mention from the now defunct Northern Illinois Big 12. Green, who currently plays club volleyball for VC United, said she plans to study either business or statistics while minoring in Spanish at Cornell College.
“I’m so happy for Clare,” Rochelle head coach Molly Sly said. “She will have a very positive impact on the Cornell program. I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to coach her. She is a wonderful person and she brings positivity with her everywhere she goes.”