Philpott signs with Friends University for volleyball

Sarah Philpott signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Friends University. (Kathy Canady Photo)

Sarah Philpott signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Friends University. (Kathy Canady Photo)


There was never a doubt in senior Sarah Philpott’s mind when she pondered whether to continue playing volleyball at the next level following her graduation in June.

Deciding where to play was a different story, however. Philpott had several different schools in the state of Kansas and one from the state of Oklahoma pique her interest, but ultimately it was Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where she fell in love.

“It was definitely tough (trying to decide),” Philpott said. “I had a couple of other schools offer me and all of them were great options. But in the end I really, really liked Friends.”

The atmosphere, coaches, and campus were huge selling points for Philpott when she took an official visit in the first week of April.

“I got to tour all the schools (that offered me), but in the end Friends was my favorite,” Philpott said. “I loved the school, the volleyball program is great. They have a great record in terms of wins and how well they’ve done in the past. The coach is great. Friends really was just the best option for me.”

When Philpott made the decision to play volleyball at the next level she knew going out of state was her best option.

“When I chose to play volleyball in college I kind of knew that I would have to go away from home,” Philpott said. “I wanted to stay as close to home as I could, but I knew during the process I wasn’t going to get anything near home.”

Philpott hopes to play libero for the Falcons, but says she is open to playing defensive specialists if that is what the coaches and team needs the most. She also admits she isn’t afraid to compete with the upperclassmen at Friends for a starting spot on the team.

“I’m definitely fine with going in and fighting for the position because that’s just how volleyball is,” Philpott said.

Philpott’s parents have played a major role in helping her throughout her volleyball career and through the process of choosing a college volleyball program.

“My parents have helped me countless hours by watching film and going to my games,” Philpott said. “I owe a ton to my parents.”

She also says that various club coaches and the coaches at Liberty Hill have been pivotal in raising her game to the next level.

“I’ve had an incredible list of coaches that have coached me through the years,” Philpott said. “To be able to say I went with Coach (Gretchen) Peterson and my teammates to state is just another thing to add on to my list of amazing opportunities.”

“I really have a lot of people that I owe my success to today,” Philpott added. “It really takes a lot of work to get to the next level.”

Philpott plans to study Public Relations at Friends and was especially excited when she found out the vice president at Friends was a former PR major.