Year 13 student, Georgia McGovern, has been offered a place at the prestigious Claremont McKenna College in the United States after being recognised for her talent in volleyball.

With 60 appearances for England Junior Volleyball and more recently selection with the England Seniors, Georgia’s offer to attend a highly regarded US West Coast College is a natural step for the gifted student.

18-year-old Georgia recently finished her five-year England Junior Volleyball career at the Northern European Volleyball Association (NEVZA) Under 19 Championships, helping England secure 5th position at the event in Finland. She was recognised as the best setter of the entire competition and voted on to the all-tournament dream team; the first ever English woman to be voted in at U19 level.

Georgia was subsequently selected to play for England Seniors squad in the Novotel Cup in Luxemburg. England came second in the tournament, losing only to the hosts.

She continues as part of the England Senior squad, as well as playing for Bristol Volleyball Club in the National Super League and Taunton Junior Volleyball Club.

Georgia has accepted an offer from Claremont McKenna College (CMC) to study and play volleyball for them. CMC is one of the highest selective liberal arts colleges in the United States by acceptance rate and is often known as the Ivy League in the West. Claremont McKenna Scripps is one of the top ranked volleyball teams nationally in its division.

Kurt Vlasich, Head Coach of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Volleyball said: “Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Volleyball is thrilled about the addition of Setter Georgia McGovern to our program. With her incredible amount of international playing experience, we know that Georgia has the experience and skill set to help elevate CMS to another National Championship while playing and attending school here. We cannot wait to see the impact she will have on both our program, and community here at Claremont McKenna College.”

Georgia commented: “I am so proud to have represented my country and the experiences I have gained internationally playing this sport have been invaluable to me as a player and as a person. I am beyond excited to further my volleyball career in the NCAA under the guidance of the Claremont McKenna programme.”

Lisa Davey who is Georgia’s tutor at Taunton School added: “Georgia has worked incredibly hard to maintain the highest of academic standards alongside her training and competition schedule for both England and club teams. I am incredibly pleased that her hard work and focus is being rewarded and I know she will relish both the sporting and academic challenges CMC will provide.”