RCTC athletes react to loss of fall sports

Garrett Short
Updated: July 07, 2020 07:05 PM
Created: July 07, 2020 06:34 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Rochester Community and Technical College athletes are contemplating their futures after the Minnesota College Athletic Conference canceled the fall sports seasons for football, volleyball and women's soccer.

RCTC football's Israel Lozoya Jr. thought the cancellation of the season was possible, albeit a long shot. That was until yesterday's meeting.

"All of a sudden just coach says football is canceled. You just see everybody's heads drop and the room goes silent," Lozoya said.

The athletes are passionate about competing and now that has been taken away. For the Yellowjackets volleyball team, their chance to improve on last year's national quarterfinals team has vanished.

"I feel like we just would have had so much potential to do great things and now we don't get that this year, so it's an awful feeling," RCTC volleyball's Molly Kleist said.

Now the athletes are faced with a big decision: stay at RCTC and play in the fall of 2021, or transfer to another school and play immediately.

"It was pretty devastating and it was definitely a mad dash to find colleges that were still open and still having a soccer season," RCTC soccer's Jaila Hill said.

Hill won't be the only one taking advantage of the ability to transfer. But other Yellowjackets aren't in favor of transferring. They say they can't imagine leaving their school or their teammates.

"Soccer was my friend and my family here in Minnesota," RCTC soccer's Ally Weaver said. "It kind of sucks that I'm going in to this next school year going onto campus and not seeing any new faces from soccer."

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