Horne signs with Rams

Zach DiSchiano

     March 12 senior outside hitter Haelee Horne signed with Texas Wesleyan University to play volleyball for the Lady Rams. Horne’s family, friends and teammates were in the Cedar Park High School library that Friday to support her as she signed her letter of intent. Her future head coach, Christy Clawson, also made the trip to Cedar Park for the signing. Horne is excited to play for Coach Clawson in the upcoming season.

     “I really like my new coach,” Horne said. “She’s really nice and she reminds me of Coach Hajduk in some ways, so I think that will make the transition easier.

     Horne is looking forward to joining the team for the fall season, but realizes that it will be a bittersweet moment.

     “I’m sad to be leaving my friends and family but Fort Worth isn’t too far so I plan to come back and visit when I can,” Horne said.

     The determination displayed by Horne is one of her most notable, intangible qualities. The inspiration for her drive to succeed came from two members of the team.

     “My biggest inspiration is either Coach Hajduk because she’s been a huge part of my career and always believes in me,” Horne said. “Also Linda Steinhardt, even though she’s only a freshman, because she’s the hardest worker and greatest player I’ve ever gotten to play with.”

     The style of play between Cedar Park and Texas Wesleyan is quite similar, being that Horne’s future coach also coached Alamanza-Hajduk. Clawson is a Leander native and a former captain of the Leander volleyball team, as well as a setter for Texas Lutheran. She became an assistant coach for TLU after she graduated; where she met current Cedar Park head coach Rebekah Almanza-Hajduk. Alamanza was a freshman on the TLU volleyball team.

     The 5’10” outside hitter and two-time All-District award winner should have no problem getting playing time early in her college career.

     Look for good things from Texas Wesleyan’s woman’s volleyball team next year as Horne brings her Timberwolf passion to the Lady Rams.