Choosing PSU was ‘easy decision’ for Van Den Elzen
Macy Van Den Elzen became a sought-after prospect on the volleyball circuit with many college coaches courting her to join their programs. Even with all of the high-end Division I interest, the decision was an easy one for the Emmaus High School senior.
This fall, Van Den Elzen will be a student-athlete at Penn State University, a school and program that she has had her eyes set on for several years.
“I had offers from other Division I schools, but it was an easy decision for me,” said Van Den Elzen. “I was that kid watching every match and who always aspired to be a part of the Penn State legacy. I have so much respect for both the university and volleyball program, as they care about you as a student, a player and a person. It definitely feels like home for me.”
Van Den Elzen had been a prominent player in front of the net for Emmaus the last three years, starting nearly every match along the way. This past season, she finished with 410 kills, 144 digs, 71 service aces and 50 blocks. She had a senior season to remember.
The Green Hornets ended their 2019 season at 22-9-2 overall, finishing as semifinalists in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, runners-up in the District 11 Class 4A tournament, and qualified for the PIAA State Tournament. A two-time All-State honoree, Van Den Elzen posted a hitting percentage of .372 last season. She was also selected as the East Penn Conference and District 11 MVP, and was named a 2019-20 Under Armour First-Team All-American. She earned 2019-20 Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year honors.
“Ever since middle school I wanted to make the varsity team at Emmaus,” Van Den Elzen said. “I was fortunate enough to make the team as a freshman, which only made me want to work harder. I took lessons whenever I could and met some amazing mentors who still have such an impact on my life today. “My family made a lot of sacrifices, driving me to practice two hours to Philadelphia, three times a week. I found a trainer to help me with the physical part of my game and I always looked for books that could help me in the mental part. Trying to better myself as a person and player is definitely what drives me.”
Her time at Emmaus, both as a student and volleyball player, is soon to be in her rear view mirror. But the four years as a Green Hornet shaped her for her next four years as a Nittany Lion.
“I am so grateful for my experiences at Emmaus both on and off the court,” said Van Den Elzen. “I learned a lot about myself. It has prepared me for the next chapter of my life. I’m eternally thankful for the friendships and memories that I have made.”