Photo by Nick WilsonAbby Bullerdick (center) signed a commitment to Indiana Tech on Wednesday with the support of her friends and family. With Bullerdick are her father Jim (left) and mother Tammy (right) with Kindyll. Behind are (left to right) Jordyn Bullerdick, grandmother Patsy Long, future coach Kortney Wilson, friend Karah Hummel, grandparents Larry and Peggy Bullerdick with cousin Reese.
Photo by Nick Wilson

Abby Bullerdick (center) signed a commitment to Indiana Tech on Wednesday with the support of her friends and family. With Bullerdick are her father Jim (left) and mother Tammy (right) with Kindyll. Behind are (left to right) Jordyn Bullerdick, grandmother Patsy Long, future coach Kortney Wilson, friend Karah Hummel, grandparents Larry and Peggy Bullerdick with cousin Reese.
Mountie senior Abby Bullerdick signed a letter of intent Wednesday to begin playing volleyball for Indiana Tech this fall.

Bullerdick made her decision in the conference room of Southmont High School while surrounded by family and friends. Also present was future coach Kortney Wilson who made the trip from Fort Wayne early on Wednesday for the signing.

Although the senior has an exciting year ahead, she seems to be handling the whirlwind experience well, saying that she has wanted to play college volleyball for a long time.

"I was kind of undecided, but at the end of this year I was like 'it's what I'm doing and it's what I'm meant to do' - so I'm doing it," Bullerdick said. "I went up and practiced with the girls not too long ago and got to meet them. They were so nice and welcoming that it felt like home."

Bullerdick boasted a team-high 168 kills at a 30 percent kill-rate in her final season. In fact, she led her team in virtually every stat this season except for the one nobody wants - errors.

With career numbers like 79 aces, 340 digs and 206 kills in 185 total sets played, it's no wonder Bullerdick was so heavily recruited. Also, 146 career assists show her unselfish attitude; she realizes the team is more important than the individual.

For any athlete, it's understandably difficult to pick out a favorite moment, game or series of games, but when asked, Bullerdick readily replied:

"There was one game where I had 16 kills," Bullerdick said. "There were a couple of other games where I had up to 14 kills - those were probably the best games of my season. It was so much fun and I improved so much, and I could finally see what all my hard work had been doing."

Coach Wilson commented on the impact she expects Bullerdick to make at Indiana Tech.

"Through the entire recruiting process, I found her to be a very versatile kid," Wilson said. "In her four years here at Southmont, she's been an outside hitter, a setter and a defensive specialist.

"Just to see how much she's going to grow from where she is now, to where she's going to be, is pretty exciting," continued Wilson. "She has a lot of potential and hasn't reached that peak yet, so it's exciting to see how she's going to push and change our program in the next four years."

The Business Management-major not only has humility, but a sense of appreciation for the school and coaches as well, saying:

"I just want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the volleyball program - it got me where I am today."