Years ago, when it came time for Riann Daziel (East Hampstead, N.H.) to choose a college, there were a few reasons why a startup program at the University of Mount Olive (N.C.) looked attractive to her.
One was the school and the warm weather that surrounded it. She had family in the region. And by joining a program that had no track record, no established pecking order, she wouldn’t have to “wait in line” to get playing time.
“I was attracted to the school itself,” she said. “My uncle lived in Charlotte so I had family living close by. And I felt it would give my coaches more of an opportunity to see how I play vs. going into a program that was established.”