“He was one of the people who actually told me to come to the club,” said Widener, who joined Metro for her under-14 year. “He left in the middle of last season to coach for Brown … he started talking to me and said, ‘Hey, I really want you to come to the school.’”
Widener said she’d think about it, then took one official visit to the Providence, Rhode Island school before making her decision.
“I just loved the environment there,” Widener said. “All the girls were so welcoming, and it just felt like home.”
Widener used her all-around ability to become a court leader for Westminster in 2018 — the 6-footer totaled 327 kills, 134 digs, and 23 blocks. She averaged 5.8 kills per set, tied with Leiner for the best in Carroll, and added 2.4 digs.
Westminster shared the CCAL championship this past season, and Widener led the team to the 3A state tournament for a second year in a row.
“It definitely makes it a lot easier,” she said. “And especially in club, because all these big tournaments you go to, they’re all for recruiting for all the college coaches. Now I can just have fun with it. This season has already been so fun, because I don’t have that stress on my shoulders.”