When most athletes choose the college where they’ll continue their athletic career, they take into consideration the campus, the team and the coaches.
For Sealy senior Rayann Rabius, there was one crucial thing the school offered that ultimately played a big role in picking Houston Baptist University as the next destination for her volleyball career. It was a move she made official when she signed her national letter of intent on Nov. 15.
“What really sold me is they have a really good nursing program and I really want to do that as a career,” Rabius said. “It’s been hard for me to find schools for me that I would want to play at that also has a volleyball program so that was really nice.”
Rabius said she first began to consider Houston Baptist while she was attending one of their volleyball camps this past summer. The coach was impressed with what he saw and began to recruit Rabius.
“He asked me if I ever played beach volleyball and how I felt about it,” Rabius said. “I haven’t played in a tournament for it before but I’ve played with my friends and thought it would be fun. So I went back on a visit and I thought about it a lot and I think I’ll really like it.”
Rabius said she is looking forward to the challenge of switching from traditional court volleyball to playing on the beach. She noted the rule changes like not being able to set the ball and other factors like a smaller court and some elements of playing outdoors. Rabius said the biggest thing she will focus on to succeed on the sand is ball control.
There were some other reasons Rabius picked Houston Baptist to attend beginning next year.
“The environment there is so close-knit and everybody knows everybody and I didn’t want to go to a big school. The classes are also small so you can get really close with your professors and you know they and the coaches really care,” Rabius said. “It’s also really close to home which is important to me.”
Houston Baptist is near downtown Houston and is an hour away from Sealy. Their beach volleyball team finished their season on Nov. 18 with a 21-10 record.