Maddie Petersen signs to Minnesota West for volleyball and softball

Mar. 8—WORTHINGTON — Worthington High School senior Maddie Petersen played multiple sports throughout her high school career and she will continue to do so at the community college level next year.

On Tuesday at the Worthington High School media center, Petersen signed her letter of intent to play both volleyball and softball at Minnesota West Community & Technical College.

"I was kind of nervous at first, but it was really exciting to have everyone here supporting me and I'm excited to continue my athletic journey," she said.

Petersen's decision to sign for Minnesota West stemmed from the fact that she wanted to stay home in Worthington and that other options didn't appeal to her as much as Minnesota West did.

"I don't really want to leave Worthington yet and it was I think the best option for me," she said. "I didn't really know what I wanted to do yet, so I think this is the best option."

"I had a couple other ideas, but none of them really stuck the whole time, like I wanted to go somewhere and then I changed my mind," she added.

Petersen was a three-sport athlete for WHS, starring on the volleyball and softball teams as well as on the girls hockey team. Her decision to stick to both volleyball and softball in college is because those are her two favorite sports.

For volleyball, Petersen's strength is primarily defense in the back row as she helped lead the Trojans volleyball squad to successful campaigns in the last couple of years. She will join a Lady Jays squad coming off a successful 24-9 season that finished in the NJCAA Region 13A finals.

The Jays are coached by Brittney McNab, who is quite familiar with Petersen's game, watching her over the years as a Trojan and through the junior Jays volleyball program.

Come next fall, Petersen will look to make an impact as a back row defender and possibly libero. She will join Trojan volleyball teammate Janessa Hamann on the Jays next year as Hamann signed to Minnesota West in November.

"These two sports have always been my favorite sports, but I originally was just gonna play softball," Petersen said. "And then since I was going to Minnesota West, I decided I was gonna play volleyball as well."

As for softball, Petersen will join a Lady Jays team coached by Keith Swenson next spring. The team will also feature Petersen's current Trojan teammate Abby Linder, who signed to the Lady Jays softball program last month.

"(Swenson) reached out to me, he's never seen me play, but I think someone said something about me, I'm not really sure," Petersen said on how she was reruited for softball.

Before she graduates, Petersen still has the Trojans softball season coming up where she plays catcher. The season is scheduled to begin April 6 with a home game against Albert Lea at Centennial Fields.