Mary Cornelius has decided to continue her volleyball career beyond the walls of Triway High School and will play at the collegiate level next season. She recently signed a national letter of intent to join the Arrows of Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, where she plans to major in chemistry with a pre-med track, starting in the fall.
After weighing several offers from some NCAA Div. III schools, Cornelius felt Div. II Ursuline was the right choice. “I want to major in chemistry and minor in biology. Ursuline will give me the opportunity to do both. Coach [Jayme] Plummer and their coaching staff really made a positive impression on me, and I really like the campus.”
Cornelius had a decorated career at Triway. Academically she was a four-year member of the honor roll. On the court she helped lead the Titans to the District Championship and a 23-3 record this past season, where she was named First-Team All-Conference, First-Team All-District and also was a team captain.
Cornelius will miss her playing days at Triway. “What I will miss most are my teammates. My classmates and I have been together since we were 9 years old, playing Junior Olympic volleyball, so we have become really close over the years. I also enjoyed getting to know our underclassman this season and enjoyed having the opportunity to play with my sister (Beth, a sophomore for the Titans). Coach Finn and our other coaches have always been supportive, positive and fun. I’ll also miss playing in The Pit. It’s a blast to play there.”
Cornelius finished her high school career with the eighth most assists in school history for a single season with 564. She also ranks second all-time at Triway in service points (228). For her career at Triway, she ranks sixth in aces (151), fifth in service points (570) and eighth in digs (633).