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Belin, Brennan all signed up

February 04, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

When Frank Sinatra sang about doing things his way, it had nothing to do with a computer.

But Kari Belin has adapted to the times, and her efforts over the Internet have allowed her to move a lot closer to that city that never sleeps.

The South Hagerstown volleyball star, a member of the Herald-Mail All-Area team, will sign her letter of intent this week to attend Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., on a full scholarship this fall.

"I talked to their coach (Stephanie Mose) over the Internet," Belin said. "She had sent me a letter during club season, and then she asked me to send a tape. I did, and she called me back."

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And though Belin was still doing some searching, Mose and the Pirates didn't give the former Rebel star much time to escape to suburban New York.

"She said, 'You have one week,'" Belin said with a laugh. "She really pushed me along through the whole thing. She was very up front about offering the scholarship, and that was nice to have."

Belin chose the Pirates over Florida State, James Madison and Loyola (Md.), much to the delight of her family.

"I wanted to get away from home, but they didn't want me to go too far away," Belin said. "This is just far enough to be away, but it's still close enough for them."

The Pirates' training staff will send Belin her summer workout guidelines in a couple weeks, but she already feels a lot stronger.

"I'm excited. It's like this big huge weight off my shoulders," Belin said. "I have all my papers, once I sign, it's all finished."

* Things are essentially finished for Smithsburg senior Carey Brennan, who's sent off her letter of intent to play at Maryland this fall.

The Herald-Mail Player of the Year last season, Brennan spurned an offer from the University of Ohio at the last minute to stay in-state, a decision that pleased Smithsburg coach Jim Klein.

"I'm a diehard Maryland fan; I've had football season tickets for five years and been to homecoming for the last 11 years," Klein said. "So she comes up and as far out of the side of her mouth says, 'I'm going to Maryland.'

"I'm excited she's within an hour and a half, playing ACC ball."

With a little luck and a lot of hard work, Klein thinks Brennan can jump into the big time.

"I can see her as an outside hitter," Klein said. "(Ex-Stanford All-American) Kari Walsh was only 6-1, which is only two or three inches taller than Carey, and I'll bet she can't jump like Carey Brennan can."

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