Introducing our top of the line recruiting program!

So many youth athletes have the goal of one day playing collegiately. However, the idea of starting this process can be overwhelming and intimidating. Ignite Volleyball has taken steps to ease these stresses. 

Ignite hired Linda Rodl, not only for her over 20+ years of running a successful volleyball club, but for her tremendous work in recruiting athletes into college. There is literally no one in Arizona that is as successful as Linda in finding the right fit for an athlete for post HS play. 

  • From 2007 to 2015, Linda's club graduated 65 athletes.
  • Linda SUCCESSFULLY negotiated 62 athletic  and academic scholarships
  • Linda's recruiting program has a 98% chance of garnering athletic and academic aid to play collegiate volleyball for their student-athletes.
  • 62 of 65 offers were accepted by her athletes
  • Linda's athletes have an 96% acceptance rate. They like the home she finds.
  • We charge no fee for our successful recruiting accomplishments

It is one thing to be recruited to a Club to “make a name for that Club” it is quite another thing to be recruited to play in College and receive a scholarship for your efforts. 87% of Student Athletes graduate from college whereas only 53% of the general student body does. If a Collegiate Coach is there to “see you play” you will be put on the court IF YOU ARE IN OUR CLUB – it may cost us the “Win” but if we obtain the bigger “WIN” for you, an athletic scholarship then… Your future is more important than our team winning a match.

Ignite's recruiting program is starting to develop under Linda's leadership which includes training, dedication, professionalism at all levels within the club. We look forward to adding our own athlete's names to the list of successful recruits!


Reality of Athletic ScholarshipsExpectationsCollege Bound Alumni


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – 3 Divisions; 1,091 institutions; about 403,000 athletes; a budget of over $500 million per year

  • Division I: 3 Subdivision; 31 Conferences; 344 members; 10 Independent members; offers athletic aid (except Ivy League)
  • Division II: 22 Conferences; 302 members; 26 Independent members; offers athletic aid
  • Division III: 44 Conferences; 445 members; 17 Independent members; does not offer athletic aid

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) – 25 Conferences; 290 institutions; 37 Independent members; roughly 45,000 athletes; a $4 million budget (less than 1 percent of the NCAA budget); may or may not offer athletic aid; may have duel membership in NCAA Division II or NCCAA

National Christian College Athletic Associate (NCCAA) – 99 members; many have duel membership in the NCAA Division III or NAIA

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) – over 500 junior and community colleges; roughly 50,000 athletes; may or may not offer athletic aid


  • High school students who receive standard recruiting letters from university coaches often tell people they are anticipating full scholarships when in fact they receive only partial aid or no aid at all, and they don’t disclose this disappointing outcome.
  • College students receiving tuition waivers or other forms of partial athletic aid sometimes lead people to believe that they have full scholarships.
  • Athletic scholarships are one-year renewable contracts, but when they are not renewed, many people assume that those who had them last year also have them this year and the next.
  • Many people assume that everyone who makes a college team, especially at large universities, has a scholarship. This is not true. Some players choose to WALK ON = no athletic monies.



  • Over 6 million undergrad students in NCAA institutions
  • 408,364 (6.8 percent) were on intercollegiate teams
  • 249,743 athletes competed in Division I and II institutions
  • DI and DII schools had 73,200 full athletic scholarships to award
  • They split these among 138,216 (55 percent) Division I and II
  • The average athletic scholarship is $8,700
  • An estimated 6.8% (27,643) of all athletes receive full athletic scholarships
  • 34 percent of all athletes receive some athletic aid
  • Overall, 66 percent (268,148) of all athletes, 45 percent (111,527) of Division I and II athletes receive no athletic scholarship money.
  • Cost of room, food, books, tuition at most NCAA institutions is between $15,000 and $45,000 a year.
  • Among all undergraduates at NCAA schools, less than ½ of 1% (0.46 percent) of them have full athletic scholarships; only 2.3 percent of all undergraduates receive some form of athletic aid
  • 15 to 20 times more college scholarship dollars are awarded for academic achievements than for athletic skills

WOMEN - 2008

  • 174,534 (42.74 percent) female athletes on intercollegiate teams
  • 108,699 athletes competed in Division I and II institutions
  • DI and DII schools had 31,736 full athletic scholarships to award to female athletes
  • They split these among 59,763 athletes


Expect to play for a male head coach

  • 1972 – More than 90% of all coaching positions for women’s teams were held by women (Acosta & Carpenter, 1988; Boutilier & SanGiovanni, 1981)
  • Today, less than 42% of all coaching positions for women’s teams are held by women (Associated Press, 2008; AAUW, 2010)

Expect increased pressure to win

  • Women’s teams have been competing at the same level as men’s sports, reaching prominence within the athletic department. Pressure to win has increased from coaches, teammates, athletic and university administration, and team fans. (Acosta & Carpenter, 1988; Boutilier & SanGiovanni, 1981)

Expect to need help academically due to travel

  • As universities have increased travel budgets, athletes can expect to travel, spend nights on the road, miss school; thereby jeopardizing academic success in the name of athletic competition (Blinde, 1989; Coackley, 2009

Expect to spend more time on your sport (20+ hours/week) than in the classroom (15 hours/week) (NCAA Bylaws; University Hour/Credit Regulations)

College Bound Alumni

As Ignite's recruiting program begins, please look below at Linda's accomplishments at her former club, AZ Desert Sky:


Katie Basey - Ithaca College

Tess Eblin- Manhattan Christian College

Morgan Cook - Central Christian College

Haley Gilmour - New York Institute of Technology

Remie Johnson - William Woods University

Sydney Miller - Haverford College

Kirsten Segaline - Bentley University

Lauren Symington - Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Alexa Treguboff - Glendale Community College

Finn Wilkins - Emory University


Abby Akin - Northern Arizona University

Sadie Anderson - Jacksonville State University

Kacey Berger - Williams Jessup University

Emily Conlin - Anderson University

Annie Deininger - Casper College

Emily Holm - Scottsdale Community College

Eleasah Marshall - Colorado Northwestern Community College

Taylor Pearson - Hope International University

Ashlee Ruehs - Johnson & Wales University

Shayla Schmidt - Jacksonville State University


Savanna Wray - Fairleigh Dickinson University


Kelly  Aholt - Belhaven University

Cheyenne  Footracer - Colorado School of Mines

J'Nae Fraser - Gadsden State CC/Jacksonville State University(last 2 years)

Hailey Goyette - Phoenix College

Melissa  Hoppal - Mid America Christian University

Colleen McTier - Salem International University

Malicabeth Weigele - Western Texas College

Chrysta  Zehr - Charleston Southern University


Lauren Anderson - University of Pittsburg, Utah State

Blake Beecroft - Ft. Hays State University, Cal State Stanislaus

Amanda Conlin - University of Nebraska - Omaha

Lauren Homrich - University of Jacksonville

Carly Lenzen - Utah State University

Kaisha Lewis - Grand Canyon University

Kelsey Marks - Western New Mexico University 

Rachel Parsons - Ft. Hays State University, Cal State Stanislaus

Abby Slack - St. Olaf College

Miranda Walker - Montreat College


Chloe Davis - Seward County Junior College, Yavapai, Northwest Christian University

Jordan Lambert - University of Alabama - Huntsville

Bailey Nations - University of Mobile

Alexandra Parrone - Minot State University

Abby Welch - Wayland Baptist University

Alyssa Wicker - Briarcliff University

Haley Worden - Arizona Christian University


Cassie Beatovic - Arizona State University (academic)

Chelsea Clark - Glendale Community College

Ericka Kane - Mercy College

Kayla Kane - Phoenix College

Rachael Lopez - Loyola University

Morgan Russell - Hollins University

Ashley Towers - Faulkner University


Desiree Alvarez – NJCAA - Scottsdale Community College

Amalia Ashley – Div. I NCAA -Central Connecticut

Kendall Bergstrom – NJCAA – North Idaho college

Rhiannon Cheeks – Div. I NCAA - Southeastern Louisianna

Jessica Durbin – NJCAA - Yavapai Community College

Megan Goyette – Div. I NAIA - University of Great Falls

Niara Greathouse – Div. II NCAA - Eckerd College

Holly Pavoggi – NJCAA - Glendale Community College

Julie Redus – Div. 1 NAIA - Briarcliff University

Lauren Fann – Southern Methodist University (Academic Scholarship)


Betsy Bull – Div. II NCAA & Div. I NCCAA– Palm Beach Atlantic

Bethany Beckman - Div. I NAIA - Southwestern College (Arizona Christian University)

Emily Drapper – Div. II NCAA – Grand Canyon University

Lenna Madden –Div. I NAIA – Azusa Pacific University

Sheridan Paulis – Div. I NCAA – Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Amber Saeugling – Div. I NAIA - Southwestern College (Arizona Christian University)

Callie Solie -   Div. I NAIA – Mid-America Nazarene University


Sheriess Peters – Div. I NAIA – Pointe Loma

Tahlia Brookins – NJCAA – Glendale Community College


Melissa Middleton – Div. I NCAA – University of New Mexico, Texas State University

Whitney Phillips – Div. I NCAA – New Mexico State, Portland State University

Tracy Vargas – Div. I NCAA – Portland State University (injured 7/10)

Tricia Rodl – Div. I NCAA – Charleston Southern University

Sheriess Peters – Div. I NAIA – Pointe Loma (Sheriess graduates in 2008)

Katie Meyers – Div. II NCAA – Grand Canyon University, University of California - Riverside

Amy Wong – Div. I NCAA – Virginia Commonwealth Univ., University of New Mexico, Metro State

Mary McNeil – Div. II NCAA – Adams State University

Kelsi Phillips – Div. I NCAA – University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University

Keri Hogan – Div. I NCAA – University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Kassi Boedeker – NJCAA – South Mountain Community College -> Limestone College


This could be you – come to the club that works hard for YOU!

Flash (2007) was our first group of graduates from AZ Desert Sky.

Flash (2007) was our first group of graduates from AZ Desert Sky.

2017 Alumni Matches

2017 Alumni Matches