For Rachael Fara, potential plus hard work paid off.
Fara, a 6-foot-2 junior middle hitter for Benet, verbally committed this week to play at Northwestern.
Fara paired with Boston College-bound Brittany Pavich in the middle last fall for Benet, which won its second consecutive Class 4A championship. Fara is also the top middle on the Sports Performance 16 Elite team.
Blessed with tremendous raw ability, Fara has emerged as one of the better hitters and blockers around and seems to only be getting better.
"Just her volleyball skills have increased dramatically," Benet coach Brad Baker said. "She came in as a freshman and we knew she had the potential, someone with that size and jumps as well as she did. We said, 'It's up to you, how hard you want to work and where you want to go.' Her hitting continues to get better, she's already a very good blocker and she's only going to get better. Northwestern saw that potential."
Fara said she selected Northwestern for its great academics, particularly the Feinberg School of Medicine, and for the competitive edge playing in the Big Ten.
"The combination of excellent teammates and coaches and well-rounded, focused players was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," Fara said.