ELMHURST – When Connor O’Ryan headed into his senior year of volleyball at York, he expected it to be his final season playing the sport.
That all changed after O’Ryan graduated from York. Dukes’ coach Ken Dowdy sent out a highlight tape of O’Ryan, and Cardinal Stritch, an NAIA school in Milwaukee, was interested enough to offer O’Ryan a scholarship.
“I actually wasn’t planning to (play in college) until he sent out this tape to schools and they started contacting me,” O’Ryan said. “Cardinal Stritch was the right school and the right amount of money that I couldn’t say no to it.”
Earlier this summer O’Ryan signed with the Wolves to continue his young career.
O’Ryan, a 6-foot-4 middle hitter, just started playing volleyball during his sophomore year of high school. He was a quick learner and this past spring was voted team MVP by his teammates.
This summer O’Ryan is working at a volleyball camp at York and preparing to head into his first year of college at the Milwaukee campus, which is located less than a mile from Lake Michigan.
His sister played volleyball and helped get him interested in the sport. After playing several sports growing up, O’Ryan has settled on volleyball.
“I just love the sport,” he said. “I used to love playing different sports, but this grew on me so much and it’s my favorite sport now.”