Tallulah Falls' Corbett set for switch from hardwood to the beach

  • Tallulah Falls’ Katy Corbett will play beach volleyball at Mercer University.
    Tallulah Falls’ Katy Corbett will play beach volleyball at Mercer University.

   Tallulah Falls senior volleyball standout Katy Corbett has committed to continue her education and playing career at Mercer University. She will make the switch from indoor to beach volleyball.

   “This commitment happened in about two weeks,” Corbett said. “I had received two offers to play indoor and at the time I was trying to decide which program would fit best for me. One day my parents and I decided that I should email the coach at Mercer about their program and I am so glad we did.”

   In the midst of finishing up what was another historic season at TFS, in which Corbett helped lead the Lady Indians to their second-ever Sweet 16, the recruiting decision came together rapidly.

   “After having a conversation over email, we had a phone call and planned another one for the following week,” Corbett said. “Our season ended the Saturday of that week. I got my film together Sunday, we visited Monday, he called me that night and gave me an offer, and I committed the next day. I have played beach over the years. However, I never had any film of me playing. On that Sunday, Coach [Matt] Heyl and a few of my teammates went to the beach courts and took video of me running through some drills. I am extremely thankful to Coach Heyl and Sarah and Rebekah Jennings for taking time out of their day to help me gather my film.”

   While many colleges and universities saw something special about Corbett’s game, Mercer’s coach was blown away by what he saw. “When talking to the coach, he said that he liked how I had a high court IQ and the fact that I hustle, play all the way around, and get after it,” Corbett said. 

   “Coach Heyl talked to him and discussed how I have been a leader on the court for our team and he especially talked about how he was going to need my leadership because he is losing some seniors this year.”

   Corbett was also being recruited by a few NCAA DII schools along with a couple of DIII programs to play indoor. However, Corbett’s heart has long been in playing outdoors in the sand.

   “I am beyond exited to be able to continue my volleyball career in college,” says Corbett. “Not only will I be able to continue to play volleyball, but I will also be playing beach volleyball which has always been my dream. I will definitely miss some aspects of indoor, but I am so ready to start this new adventure.”

   Corbett finishes her volleyball career as a three-year varsity player who was a part of more than 80 wins in the TFS program, which included four trips to the state playoffs (two Sweet 16 runs), three region runner-up finishes, and multiple times state-ranked. She had more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 dis in her career.

   “Above all, I want to give glory to God for laying His hand on this entire process,” Corbett said. “I would not be where I am today without His guidance. I also would like to thank my parents for everything they have done and continue to do for me. They helped me tremendously throughout the entire process.”

   This article was submitted by Brian Carter of Tallulah Falls School.