It's now a 'Great Eight' for the Neelin Spartans high school volleyball team.
Setter Jael Unger has become the eighth member of the squad to sign a post-secondary deal, with Unger heading to the Alberta College ranks to play with the Keyano Huskies.
"It was very exciting for me, I just really wanted to continue with my dreams and go with school, and it's kind of nice I can get my school paid for too, while playing volleyball," said Unger. "I'm excited to see how fast the volleyball will be, and how much stronger the girls will be there, and moving away from home is going to be tough too," Unger told CKLQ's Tyler Crayston.
Unger is following in her fellow Spartan grads footsteps with Alison Quiring putting pen to paper with the Trinity Western Spartans, Amy Gordon joining the Mount Royal Cougars, Jamie Campbell committing to the Brandon Bobcats, Kristine Ward inking a deal with the Regina Cougars, Tori Studler signing with the Manitoba Bisons, Emma Ciprick has a deal with the Dalhousie Tigers, while Paige Thomson is taking the basketball route with the Victoria Vikes.
"Unbelievable, it's crazy that we could all accomplish this. Who knew these girls that played together for so long could accomplish so much and play at places across Canada," said Unger.
Unger helped the Spartans to a runner-up finish at the AAAA volleyball provincials in her senior season, and was a member of Neelin's championship winning team in 2012.
She's now looking forward to the next step.
"I started thinking about it in grade 10-11. I talked to Neuf about it and he said if I kept working hard, it could be in the cards. I felt very excited to even think about an opportunity like that because not everybody gets a scholarship," added Unger. "I'm just going to keep working hard and see how it goes for the next year, so hopefully I can get some playing time."