'Risen' to the challenge: Baker School's Savannah Risen signs with Andrew College

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 04:50 PM.

"I based my decision on what her coaches (Tomikko Parks and James Kerrell) said about her — that was a seller right there because of the quality person she is and her character and the leadership she has. And then she sent me clip footage that she had so I could see it (Risen playing), because she couldn't come to tryouts and she couldn't get on the court."

Parks said she couldn't be happier that Risen will have a chance to continue her volleyball career. And she thinks the move from home will allow Risen to blossom as a person.

"I'm really excited for Savannah," Parks said. "She worked hard all through her high school career and then, to have something like an injury catch her the start of her senior year the very first game, (was difficult).

"I'm very excited that she will be able to go on and play. This is good for her, that she will be able to spread her wings out of the Baker community and be able to grow as a person. I can't wait to see what's going to happen for her in the next couple of years."

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