Cape Elizabeth senior Tess Haller, joined by her parents, Jim and Sharon, teammates and coach Sarah Boeckel, signs her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to attend and play volleyball at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Haller, named Cape Elizabeth’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year in 2014 after leading the program to its first state title, has also been a highly-acclaimed softball player in high school, but chose volleyball for the next level.
“Originally, I was going to play softball in college, until this fall when I changed last minute,” said Haller, a middle hitter, who plans to study history. “Volleyball became my top sport. I love it. It’s fast-paced and fun. Assumption is the school I was zeroing in. They’re a very young team right now. When I’m a freshman, there won’t be any seniors. We should be very competitive by my sophomore year. I’m very excited.”
Capers volleyball coach Sarah Boeckel feels that Haller has the skill set to succeed with the Greyhounds.
“I think Tess will do well because she’s very versatile,” Boeckel said. “Some middle hitters are limited, but she’s versatile and quick. If she doesn’t play middle, she’d be great on the outside or the opposite. I knew she was an athlete when she was a freshman. She was strong at a young age. She’s a sponge and she wants to learn.”