Last Wednesday, Junior Halle Sherlock announced that she will be furthering her academic and volleyball career to play at Yale.
“I chose Yale because it is one of most prestigious universities in the world and that will provide many opportunities for me after college,” Sherlock said. “They also have a great volleyball program and after talking to the coaches and some current players, it really felt like a family that I want to be a part of.”
In Sherlock’s sophomore season, she led the team with 282 kills and 640 assists. After an injury that caused her to miss her freshman season, it is true triumph to be able to recover and commit at a top tier school.
“Playing division 1 volleyball has always been a dream of mine since I started playing volleyball,” she said. “After I tore my ACL, I was worried that it would keep me from doing that. It was definitely a big obstacle, but with hard work and lots of support, I was able to get back to playing high level volleyball and get back into recruiting.”
Not only is it hard for athletes to immerse themselves in the recruiting process, it is also stressful to find a school that is the right fit.
“My sister is the biggest reason I was able to commit to such a great school,” Sherlock said. “She has always guided me through life and pushed me to be my best.”
Halle’s older sister, Sydney Sherlock, graduated this past spring and finished her senior season with 275 kills and 23 aces. The two sisters were able to play one season together, and created flawless plays while doing so.
“My parents have also helped me a lot along the way with their endless support,” Sherlock said. “My club and school coaches and teammates have also helped become the player I am.”
While club volleyball has more of a direct effect on a players’ recruitment, it is no doubt Timber Creek volleyball helped Sherlock get to the playing level she’s at.
Sherlock said, “Timber Creek volleyball has gotten me used to balancing several hours of practice and conditioning, with all my school work. I have learned how to prioritize both school and volleyball and make time for both.”
Looking towards her future at Yale, Sherlock expressed the goals she has.
“I hope to help Yale to multiple conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances during my time there,” she said. “I also dream of being an all-American, but we’ll see how that goes.”
Sherlock will be a part of the 2026 graduating class, as Yale currently stands at 68th in the nation for volleyball.
To take a closer look at Halle Sherlock’s recruitment story, check out video version of Sherlock’s interview here.