York junior Masa Scheierman announced on Twitter that she's committed to continue her education and volleyball career at South Dakota State University.

York’s Scheierman Commits to South Dakota State University


Masa Scheierman remembers it well — the moment she decided where she wanted to continue her education and volleyball career. York’s 6-foot-1 junior was in Brookings, S.D., watching South Dakota State University play at home against in-state rival South Dakota.

The SDSU volleyball program hasn’t had much success in recent years, but that night, against a rival, the Jackrabbits came out on fire, winning the opening set 25-21. It made an impression.

“They won the first set, SDSU did. And I was like, ‘OK, this is where I want to be,’” Scheierman recalled. “They ended up losing in four, but knowing that they could come out and beat a strong program like USD, that’s where I wanted to be.”

On Tuesday night, Scheierman announced on Twitter that she’s committed to SDSU. A big reason for that was the coaching staff.

“Their coaching staff is phenomenal,” Scheierman said. “Coach Dan Georgalas is remarkable. He’s a firm believer in his new culture, which is the three Ps: People, Passion and Process. His players come first to him, but he’s also so passionate about coaching and teaching the game. He also understands the process is more important than the results right now.”

Scheierman chose SDSU over scholarship offers from other programs like Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, Abilene Christian in Abilene, Texas, Colorado Christian, the University of Albany in New York and Concordia University.

Masa won’t be the only Scheierman at SDSU — her older brother, Baylor, is starting for the men’s basketball team. Sure, it’s a plus to have her brother in Brookings, but it didn’t hold much weight in her college decision.

“Honestly, not really. It was a nice add to the whole situation, but it didn’t go into my decision that much,” Masa said. “It’s going to be super nice knowing he’s going to be there, but it wasn’t a big factor.”

Scheierman has guided the York Dukes volleyball program to some of its best seasons. York made the Class B state volleyball tournament this past fall for the first time since 2012 behind her strong play. Scheierman currently has 1,123 career kills, 118 ace serves and 933 digs. This past fall as a junior, she recorded a team-best 516 kills.

With the decision now out of the way, it’s like a weight has been taken off Scheierman’s shoulders.

“It’s a huge relief. It’s so nice and a breath of fresh air,” she said.

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