A ‘Phenom’enal season

Mohawk juniors Rosman, Carey both earn spots on AVCA’s Phenom List

MORLEY — The volleyball accolades keep coming for Morley Stanwood juniors Kayla Rosman and Mekayla Carey as the duo was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) High School Phenom List following the 2013 season.

AT THE NET: Morley Stanwood junior Kayla Rosman (8) spikes the ball past a White Cloud defender earlier this volleyball season. Rosman and fellow Mohawk junior Mekayla Carey were both named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) High School Phenom List following the 2013 season, earning both girls a trip to the AVCA Phenom College Prep Program this weekend in Seattle. (Pioneer file photo)

AT THE NET: Morley Stanwood junior Kayla Rosman (8) spikes the ball past a White Cloud defender earlier this volleyball season. Rosman and fellow Mohawk junior Mekayla Carey were both named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) High School Phenom List following the 2013 season, earning both girls a trip to the AVCA Phenom College Prep Program this weekend in Seattle. (Pioneer file photo)

As part of being named to the list, the duo are in Seattle with Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch today through Sunday to take part in the AVCA’s Phenom College Prep Program, which is invite-only for players on the phenom list who are not currently signed with a college.

“I got the letter and I always get letters inviting me to these camps, so I didn’t know if I wanted to go at first,” Rosman said. “This one looked very promising and (Kozuch) said, ‘You’re going to want to go to this.’”

Rosman and Carey are two of 24 athletes from Michigan who are among the 200-plus athletes who were invited to the event.

In addition to getting to attend to NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament Final Four at Key Arena today, Rosman and Carey will get to work out, go through testing and talk with more than 200 college volleyball coaches over the weekend. There is a Under Armor All-America game on Friday as part of the weekend, but Rosman and Carey won’t be able to participate due to Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) rules that prevent athletes from participating in non-MHSAA sanctioned all-star events.

“I’m really excited for it,” Carey said. “There’s only so many girls and I’m just excited to see what I get offered. I’m kind of nervous. I really don’t know what to expect.”

While they’ll be able to participate in most of the weekend’s event, both Rosman and Carey head into the weekend nursing injuries.

Rosman is dealing with a sprained ankle she suffered during the start of basketball season and Carey is dealing with a shoulder injury she suffered this past volleyball season that she plans on having surgery on in early January.

“I’ll be going through the motions and try to work my butt off and I’ll be hoping for the best,” Rosman said. “All I know is my family is so proud of me and I think you learn so much from these things and all of the accomplishments make you grow as a person.”

“I am so happy,” Carey said. “I’m proud of myself because I’ve worked so hard and I feel like we both deserve this.”

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