Chloe Frank won’t need to dig through her closet and get rid of her school colors or anything that says “Cardinals.”
The Garner-Hayfield-Ventura senior remains consistent for her collegiate plans.
Frank announced on Twitter on September 4 his commitment to the William Jewell Women’s Basketball Program as part of the Class of 2022. It is a Division II college based in Liberty, Missouri.
“I fell in love with the coach straight away,” Frank said. “I really liked the campus. They had everything I was looking for in a college. They were very supportive.”
It was a quick turnaround from the first visit to the engagement date.
Frank first visited coach Jill Slominski’s team in early August, then returned to the student-athletes a few weeks later and trained with the team. Soon after, she made her plans public.
For some, a month is a short time. For Frank, this was exactly what she wanted.
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“After that training with them, I made my decision,” she said. “I had done other tours and nothing looked like (William) Jewell.”
Frank led GHV in scoring last winter, averaging 12.5 points per game and was third in rebounds with 5.2. Frank, Liz Richardson and Kylie Anderson are the three expected players who have started at least five games in a 13-9 season.
There are high hopes early on for what Frank envisions for this season.
“A lot of volleyball girls also do basketball, so we worked all summer,” she said. “I would love to make it through the first round because I haven’t done that my whole high school career.”
It was imperative for her to make this decision before the first basketball game of the season. Still, that doesn’t distract her from the current volleyball season.
Frank has been a No. 1 threat for GHV, posting 2.9 kills per set with a hitting efficiency of .261 while also leading digs per set with 2.7 as the Cardinals are currently 11-5. .
“I loved volleyball,” said Frank, 6-foot-0. “I really like volleyball and competition as much as possible.”
Meriel Leavy saw no drop in dedication from her star outside hitter. GHV’s volleyball head coach understands that basketball is Frank’s sport of choice, but her attitude on the volleyball court means no one questions her commitment towards sports.
“You can tell she’s still 100% in the game right now,” Leavy said. “She’s a great team leader for us. His game at the back has improved tremendously and is also a threat at the back.”
Frank could have at least a month of time left on the volleyball court. She wants to make it a month she will never forget.
“We’re all focused and I think we can go further in regionals than we ever have before,” she said.
William Jewell is coming off a 12-11 season, cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has alternated over the past eight years between records below and above .500.
Frank is ready to take her game to the next level. She plans to study fashion marketing or merchandising with a minor in Spanish.
“I just think it’s something new; I wanted to hang out a bit,” she said. “They had everything I was looking for.”
Zach Martin is a sports reporter for the Globe Gazette. Contact him by email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @zach_martin95.