Lady Hornets’ Butler signs to play at Glenville State

Published 3:54 am Tuesday, May 5, 2009

COAL GROVE — Rikki Butler’s theme song might be Sugarland’s new release, “It Happens.”

And it’s still happening.

The Coal Grove Lady Hornets senior volleyball player decided to go out for the seventh grade team on an impulse and her career has continued to yet another highlight after signing a letter-of-intent Monday to play for Glenville State University.

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“It just happened to me,” said Butler.

“In the seventh grade we had volleyball for the first time, so I just went out. I liked it and my freshman year I just wanted to make the team and I made the varsity to my surprise.”

Not only did Butler make the varsity, she started all four years of high school. She was honorable mention all-conference as a junior and first team All-Ohio Valley Conference this past season.

Looking into different colleges, Butler talked to Capital University as well as Glenville State. After contacting Glenville, things continued to happen.

“I sent a tape to them and went in for a visit on April 9 and they offered me,” said Butler.

Even though Butler picked up the game quickly, she said it wasn’t as easy as it appeared.

“It’s harder than people think. People would find that it’s harder to hit the ball if they would get out there and play,” said Butler.

Part of a large recruiting class, Butler said Glenville State returns just five players.

“It’s all up for grabs right now, so I have a chance to play,” said Butler who expects to play middle hitter in college.

Butler, who plans to major in psychology, is the daughter of Stephanie Myers and Tim Butler of Coal Grove.