Two Lady Harvesters to play volleyball at college level
It was an emotional and special night for the Lady Harvesters volleyball program on Wednesday as seniors Tynaa Mojica and Celest Ostercamp signed to play their college ball at Southern Nazarene University and Frank Phillips College.
“This is an exciting day for two of our girls,” Head Coach Kaylee Samulowitz said. “Celest was a three-year libero for us on varsity and, obviously, a great player. She got her 1,000th dig of her career this year and we are excited about that.”
Samulowitz mentioned that Frank Phillips College Head Volleyball Coach Shelby Cox saw her play during the Canyon game and said she wanted to sign her.
As for Mojica, Samulowitz said she didn’t want to play high school volleyball at first. After some convincing by Samulowitz she started playing and is now signing to play at her head coach’s alma mater, Southern Nazarene University. She is the third from Pampa to play at SNU.
“That little freshmen who said she didn’t want to play started for four years and had an insane career and has grown so much,” Samulowitz. “I know you’re going to have a fantastic college career and am so proud of you.”
Ostercamp said it means a lot for her and what she has built in her volleyball career to play at Frank Phillips College.
“I’m really glad to take it and perform my talents at the next level,” Ostercamp said.
FPC’s atmosphere is what sold Ostercamp on signing there.
“It was just a regular community college,” Ostercamp said. “The atmosphere is going to be really laid back but also competitive at the next level. It’s not going to be as intense as a D-2 or D-1 college might be.”
Ostercamp plans to get her associate’s degree in science and move on to pursue a career in dental hygienics.
Ostercamp also said Samulowitz has been a great role model for her over the last four years.
“She was my coach on JV and has helped me to build my skill and add to it over the years,” Ostercamp said.
“It means a lot,” Mojica said. “I’m just ready play at thenext level, get going and have fun.”
Southern Nazarene University’s community and campus were the top factors in her selecting the college.
“The campus is really nice and the gym,” Mojica said. “Everything about it is just perfect to me.”
Mojica thanked Samulowitz for working with her over the last few years.
“She’s helped me so much,” Mojica said. “Mentally, physically and just to become a better player.”
Mojica plans to major in sports management.