Many top high school athletes hope they earn an athletic scholarship and they spend a lot of time doing all they can do to make that happen. For Caroline Sipiora, a junior at Vista del Lago, the stress and strain of worrying about her future is over. The volleyball star has verbally committed to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Utah. Sipiora is Vista’s top outside hitter, but plays libero on her club team, the Northern California Volleyball Club 18-1, and that’s what position she was recruited for by Utah coach Beth Launiere. “I love playing outside and attacking the ball, but playing libero is a passion of mine,” Sipiora said. “That’s where I feel most comfortable. I’d rather take a hit away or set up a point rather than score one myself.” Sipiora’s club coach, Jeff Deter, is a big fan of hers. “Caroline is one of those players who eats and sleeps volleyball,” Deter said. “When she’s not playing for us, she’s out playing doubles or is working out to make herself a better volleyball player. She plays outside hitter in high school, but at the next level she’s going to be a very talented libero.” Sipiora attended a volleyball camp at the University of Utah over the summer and was offered a scholarship then, while both parties kept in touch with each other since. Utah coaches came and watched Sipiora play with her club team, while Sipiora researched and learned more about what the school has to offer. She went back to the school in November and verbally accepted the offer. “Based upon e-mails and correspondence I’d had with them, I wasn’t surprised at the scholarship offer, but I was very grateful and excited about it,” Sipiora said. “I also received offers from four or five other schools including Cal, UC Davis and the University of San Francisco, but I thought Utah was the best. My initial reason for choosing Utah was that I could see myself going there. I felt apart of the campus and that’s important. Their academics are amazing and they play in the Pac-12 in volleyball. Also, the community supports the school and there’s great school spirit everywhere.” Sipiora said she’s interested in studying Biomedical Engineering.