Wright’s next General: Trandahl signs to play volleyball at Sheridan College

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Grace Trandahl (center) signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Sheridan College Jan. 30 with Wright head coach Sarah Seamands (left) and Sheridan head coach Jennifer Stadler at her side. 

By: 
Eddie Poe eddie@hpsentinel.com

Grace Trandahl has become all too familiar with signing ceremonies. Over the years she’s watched several former teammates sign their National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the next level, with friends and family surrounding them.
Last Wednesday in the cafeteria at Wright Junior/Senior High School, it was her turn. Her day had finally arrived.
“It was definitely cool to have one of my own and be surrounded by so much support,” Trandahl said of her signing ceremony to play volleyball at Sheridan College. “It’s not something I necessarily envisioned for myself, but it’s something I looked forward to.”
Trandahl had a storied career on the volleyball court for the Lady Panthers. She won two state championships, was named to the All-State team three straight years, and was named the 2A Northeast Player of the Year this past season.
Her head coach during her final two years at Wright, Sarah Seamands, knew from a young age that Trandahl had what it took to reach this point in her career.
“Ever since youth volleyball back in 4th grade, Grace stood out as a player,” Seamands recalled. “She was the first to serve overhand and record kills with consistency. She has always been a player you can depend on.”
As Trandahl got older and blossomed into one of Wright’s most talented players, Seamands saw the time that she put into improving her game. She’s earned everything that has come her way.
“Grace has put in the time by going to individual and team camps,” Seamands pointed out. “She practices like she plays and loves the sport. She deserves to play at the college level and not just for two years.”
Trandahl explored a few programs during her college search, but Sheridan stood out from the beginning.
“I had experienced playing with some of the players there and I felt like I just really fit in,” she said. “The coaches welcomed me and I really experienced that “this is it” feeling.”
Although she will only attend Sheridan for two years, Seamands believes Trandahl absolutely has the ability to move on and continue her volleyball career after her time with the Generals.
The time is too soon to tell, but the reality of it is just as tough to argue against.
“Grace is a great server,” Seamands said. “She plays mind games with the receivers on the other side of the net, and wins. She sees the court well and will make an impact at Sheridan immediately.
“Sheridan is lucky to have her as a student-athlete.”
While at Sheridan, Trandahl hopes to study either business or health science.

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