Frankfort senior Chloe Roberts signed a letter of intent last week to continue playing volleyball at Indiana University Northwest but her professional dream of being a doctor played a bigger part in where she chose to continue her education.

“I chose it because the school is small and the campus and team were friendly,” Roberts said. “Everyone just kind of fit in together. I didn’t feel like an outcast when I went to visit the team. Everyone was just friendly and that’s what I was looking for.”

A bigger factor in her decision was pursuing a medical degree.

“I want to go on to med school too and since it’s an IU school I thought it would help me get into med school,” Roberts said. “I was looking at St. Francis too, but again I was thinking with the IU degree they were telling me I’d be on the top of the list to get into med school.

“I like the team there too but I was more focused on getting the education that I needed. I’m going to college for the school and playing volleyball is just fun.”

Roberts was chosen academic all-state by the Indiana High School Volleyball Coaches Association after her final high school season. Frankfort head coach Kia Rushton was happy her senior found a place to help her continue to grow both in volleyball and academically.

“We are so proud that Chloe has decided to continue her career at the next level,” Frankfort head coach Kia Rushton said. “Her continued drive to improve and compete has been so fun to be a part of.

“I think she’s found a school with the right fit for her and that will help her flourish as an athlete and student. We can’t wait to support her next year as she begins her new adventure as a Red Hawk.”

Roberts was a Times first-team all-county performer for her efforts on the court this season. She had 266 kills for the Hot Dogs, along with a team-high 55 aces and 301 digs to display her all-around game.

Indiana Northwest is coached by Brian Erminger who is in his second season at the school. He previously served as coach of Purdue University North Central from 2012. The Red Hawks went 16-10 this season.

Roberts thanked her parents for giving her the opportunity to continue both her academic and volleyball careers.

“I want to thank my parents (James and Candie Roberts) for always being supportive and giving me the opportunity to continue my dream of playing volleyball and always being there,” she said.