Olivia Hogan signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Northern Illinois University, Nov. 10, in the Beckman school library. Front from left, Kevin, Olivia and Jenny Hogan; back row, assistant coaches Chris Rahe and Jennifer Zitelman and head coach Todd Troutman.

Two Beckman volleyball players signed Nov. 10 with their respective colleges. Olivia Hogan was the second signee, following Kiersten Schmitt, and made Northern Illinois at DeKalb her choice to further her playing time and education.

Hogan, the libero for the Beckman team, chose Northern Illinois because “I absolutely loved the atmosphere when I visited the campus. I just felt so comfortable there. And then I met the assistant coach, Morgan Salow who is originally from Manchester, and I felt like I belonged there. I got along well with the other team members and the rest of the coaching staff and it felt right.” The head coach of the Huskies is Ray Gooden.

Hogan paced her team in digs this year, reaching balls very few other players would even begin to try for, to the tune of 609 successful touches. That was also good for fifth overall in the state lists, and second in Class 2A. She also notched 60 assists on a team that plays just one setter in the 5-1 offense.

“I expect I will continue to play libero for the Huskies,” said Hogan. “I plan to move there probably in early July but I don’t know for sure yet. I’m waiting for the info to come my way.

“I really want to thank my coaches and my family for supporting me through all these years of volleyball. And my team because without you guys, there would be nothing.”

Hogan plans to study political science and continue for her law degree.

Coach Todd Troutman added, “I am so happy for both Olivia and Kiersten. For them both to be able to sign with Division I programs and continue their volleyball career is a real testament to the amount of time they have put into this game. Olivia has a great work ethic that came from a great set of parents and it will be fun to watch her grow and compete at the next level.”