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North Branch's Bickel signs with Spring Arbor University

North Branch senior Natasha Bickel has signed with Spring Arbor University where she'll continue her volleyball career.


Bickel celebrates her signing at North Branch High School. (Courtesy | Natasha Bickel)

North Branch High School '23

Sports played in high school: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Track & Field

Position: Middle Hitter

Awards and honors: First-Team All-Conference, All-Region, Second-Team All-State, Team Captain, Academic All-State


Why did you choose Spring Arbor University?

NB: I went there for a visit and I had a really good feeling about it going into it because I knew it was a Christian college, they were competitive in their sports, and they're a smaller school. Those were basically my three main things. I practiced with the volleyball team, and before we did a devotion which is something really important to me and you could tell that’s really real, and that was encouraging to me to know that I was going to be surrounded by people who would push me in my faith.

What is your favorite part about volleyball?

NB: There’s always more you can do to improve your game. It gets boring to not learn and just stay the same. I love learning new things and putting them into a game. Plus, it’s the biggest team sport there is…you have to rely on your teammates so much. I just like everything about it.

What will you miss most about high school sports?

NB: My teammates for sure. The team that I played at states with, that whole team I've played with since I was in third grade…Even though I’m excited to meet new teammates and make new friends, that’s going to be hard because I’ve known those girls for so many years.

What do you plan to study?

NB: I want to study business and maybe minor in sport management and ministry.


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