She loves to play volleyball and wants to be a nurse.
Ali Line didn’t know if those worlds could co-exist in college.
“I’ve been so grateful for the support I’ve had because a lot of places I couldn’t do nursing and volleyball,” said Line. “They wouldn’t recruit me if I went to nursing.”
But the senior is excelling at both at Illinois State. The middle blocker is a starter on a Redbird team that leading the Missouri Valley with a 14-1 conference record.
And she sports a perfect grade point average despite the rigors of a nursing student schedule.
“Twice a week I’m at a clinical setting from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday’s I’m in Springfield,” Line explained. “I’m up at 4;30 a.m. and practice when I come back (to campus). It’s longer days.”
Head coach Leah Johnson is among those who are thoroughly impressed with Line.
“There’s also an acceptance of responsibility,” Johnson said. “This is a choice (she’s) made to be a full-time student-athlete, and a full-time 4.0 nursing student. She’s made the choice to accept the demands that come with it. That was the first thing tha set her apart.”
Line made two mission trips to Nicaragua while at ISU. Then decided to add a Spanish minor to her degree.
“Seeing the need in those communities,” Line said. “I would like to do medical missions one day. Having the medical background and Spanish would be great.”
Great like her college career on and off the volleyball floor.