“I was shaking at my tryout I was so nervous,” Zeiders said, recalling her fears.
Then Parker encouraged her with, “You know what to do. Do it,” and Combs made an offer.
Zeiders was an outfielder for Cleburne County this season and will get a look in the outfield at Talladega College. She said Combs would also try her in the infield where she hasn’t played since she was an eighth-grader.
“If I don’t play anything in the field, I want to be a base-runner for Talladega. I can do that,” Zeiders said.
Cleburne County coach Ron Ervin believes she can do much more.
“They’re getting a hard worker. She’s probably one of our most improved players that we’ve had here from when she walked through the door until now,” Ervin said. “She’s extremely fast. She’s a great slapper, too. I think that’s one of the biggest reasons they wanted her. She’s gotten to where she can put the ball where she wants it. … They’re getting a weapon.”
Talladega College may also be getting another volleyball player. There’s an open tryout on August 5 and Zeiders will be there.
Zeiders plans to major in secondary education at Talladega College and her goal is to become a math teacher in high school.
“I’m nervous. I’m so excited. I’m ready to graduate. I just want to go to college,” she said Wednesday after making her commitment to Talladega College official.