MONTGOMERY — Barr-Reeve senior Maranda Wagler became the third Barr-Reeve Viking to join the Vincennes University volleyball team on Friday when she sign her National Letter of Intent at Kavanaugh Kourt.
Wagler will join Viking teammates Hannah Graber and Addison Ainscough playing for coach Gary Sien at VU. She is also now the fourth player from the 2020 2A State Championship team to be playing next fall, as Anna Ballengee will also be playing at USI, along with the trio from VU.
Wagler had impressive numbers playing in 89 sets, posting 129 kills (third best on her team), 27 solo blocks, 150 points and 26 aces, along with 59 digs. Wagler’s two best games of the season included 16 kills against South Knox and 11 against North Decatur.
Wagler, who is the daughter of Randy and Marla Wagler, was excited about her choice to play at VU.
“I chose VU because it was close to home and my parents. I get to stay at home, so it’s cost efficient and my parents could come and watch me play,” said Wagler.
“They have nice teachers, they have a good program and I can get my degree and be in and out and not be in debt,” added Wagler, who wants to be a surgical technician in the future.
She has a lot of great memories at B-R, and like her teammates, the state title is right at the top of the list.
“Winning state was at the top. Actually, just my whole senior year — it was just a lot of fun with the team, great memories, and we were determined to win. Yes, and we were determined we were not going to lose to Heritage Christian (at semi-state) again. We were going beat them, and it was going be this year,” she added.
Coach Amber DeCoursey, a three-time state champion, had nothing but praise for Wagler.
“She is one of our hardest working kids that I’ve ever coached. She gives 110% every single day. She’s just an awesome teammate. I mean, she is a great teammate to have and does anything that that you ask, and does it to her fullest potential,” said DeCoursey.
“She brought us a lot from the middle. She was able to swing from the middle or from the outside. She helped us get points when other teams were keying on Addison (Ainscough).”
Wagler wanted to thank everyone for the support she got during he time at B-R.
“I want to thank the coaches, they put in a lot of work with me, and my parents for just being there for every game, my teammates, they pushed me, the great fans.”