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Girls Volleyball: St. Charles North's Gigi Crescenzo commits to Memphis

St. Charles North's Gigi Crescenzo passes the ball Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 during their game against Geneva at the Wheaton Classic volleyball tournament.
St. Charles North's Gigi Crescenzo passes the ball Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 during their game against Geneva at the Wheaton Classic volleyball tournament.

St. Charles North outside hitter GiGi Crescenzo has one less thing to worry about for her senior season.

Crescenzo, a starter for the North Stars' team that took fourth in Class 4A last fall, verbally committed Memphis last Wednesday.

The junior North Star outside hitter chose Memphis over scholarship offers from Southern Illinois and Charleston Southern and an opportunity to walk on at Minnesota.

Crescenzo and the Memphis program maintained contact throughout her Club Fusion season. The two parties didn't officially begin talking until February, and she later visited toward the end of last month. For the time being, there hasn't been talks of possibly redshirting when she arrives.

With Minnesota in the mix, it proved to be a difficult decision, as she has aspirations to be an orthodontist. The school generally has a positive reputation for its biology program and dental school.

"It was a really hard decision, but I just knew that Memphis was a better fit for me," Crescenzo said.

"My parents always told me to just be patient, wait it out and the right school would come," she continued. "Throughout the years, I had been looking at a couple places, and I'd been on a couple visits. When I went to Memphis, I knew that it was the place that I wanted to go."

One reason points to the environment that's being built by head coach Sean Burdette.

"He's relatively new, Crescenzo said of Burdette. "He's really doing a good job of trying to turn the program around, so it really helped me make my decision a lot."

St. Charles will graduate 11 seniors from this year's team, but Crescenzo is excited to build on the success that's been established.

"We do have a lot of good players coming in from JV last year," Crescenzo said, "so I think we should be pretty good next year – just as good as last year, if not better."

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