Falin signs LOI to play volleyball at Franklin College
LITTLE CINCINNATI -- Timber Falin will continue her volleyball career as a Lady Grizzly.
On Thursday, Feb. 22, the Eastern-Greene senior signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Franklin College, a small Division III college near Indianapolis. Last season, the Lady Grizzlies compiled an 11-14 record.
“I really liked the campus,” Falin said. “When I went there for a camp, I really liked the coach (head coach Mary Johnston). She ran things very smoothly.”
Eastern head coach Whitney Russell agreed. “I am so happy that Timber decided to further her volleyball and academic career at Franklin College. We attended a camp there this past summer and she really enjoyed the campus and their coach, so I think it will be a good fit.”
Falin said she will play middle or outside hitter for the Lady Grizzlies. She added she may also be a passer on the back row. “She (coach Johnston) said she likes that I pass, too.”
Another plus of going to Franklin, which has about 1,000 students, is its curriculum. The college offers accounting which Falin wants to study and it will also provide academic help.
“They have what I want to go to school for,” she said. “I think it’ll be a good stepping stone to move from high school to a small college.”
During her four years as a Lady Thunderbird, Falin racked up some impressive numbers: 857 kills, 905 digs, 124 aces, and 136 blocks. She also played for the 17/18 Purple team of the Circle City Volleyball Club. Her mother, Melissa Veatch, attributed her daughter’s success to plenty of old-fashioned effort.
“We are super-proud of her and she has worked so hard,” Veatch said.
Falin said she has several fond memories of her time at Eastern.
“I got to start all four years on varsity,” she said.
During her freshman season, the Lady Thunderbirds also won the Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference. “We were undefeated in the conference and that was really cool.”
She also made the All-SWIAC and All-County teams her junior and senior years.
“I’ve always liked the atmosphere here at Eastern,” Falin said. “I loved how we always had so many fans that came and supported us. My teammates were always great. They cared about the game as much as I did. We were friends off the court.”
“We will miss her on the court this year, but the girls and I are excited to go support her at a couple of matches,” Russell said. “I’m sure she will excel there and we are so proud of her.”