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Seabury Hall graduate Shayla Hoeft, shown during an indoor match for the University of Portland in 2018, recently wrapped up her college eligibility by playing beach volleyball for the Pilots.
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Shayla Hoeft is “super excited and scared and nervous” to journey out of the country for the first time in her life in just a few weeks as she pursues a volleyball career in France.

The 2015 Seabury Hall graduate, who recently finished competing for the University of Portland beach volleyball team, will be flying overseas on Aug. 5 to play for Vandoeuvre Nancy Volley-Ball (VNVB).

“I’m really excited to just learn, I really want to learn more about volleyball, learn about a different culture, and learn stuff about myself too,” said Hoeft, a middle blocker. “Being so far away from home, I think that’s such a special and unique experience.”

VNVB is scheduled to host ASPTT Mulhouse for its season opener on Sep. 25 at Parc des Sports Nations, according to Volleybox. There are 14 teams in the women’s French league.

In the city of Nancy, Hoeft will be rooming with a teammate just five minutes walking distance from the gym and training facility.

She’s looking forward to extending her volleyball career, adventuring around the city and taking French classes, which are available to the athletes.

“I’ve always wanted to play after college,” said Hoeft, whose contract with VNVB is for one year with the opportunity to renew it. “I’m just really excited.”

After finishing her indoor collegiate career in the 2019-20 season, she had plans to secure an agent and research teams where she could play abroad, but the COVID-19 pandemic put her aspirations on hold. Instead, she stayed in Portland and played for the Pilots’ beach volleyball team this spring.

“This year, everything is looking better,” Hoeft said, “and it showed me that I still actually want to play volleyball.”

* Dakota Grossman is at dgrossman@mauinews.com


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