Devyn Petrowski has heard the question many times, and after the Mother McAuley senior committed to continue her academic/volleyball career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she will undoubtedly hear it again.
“Are you going to be a pilot? An astronaut?”
Petrowski said she smiles when people ask, but for this high flyer, the future is wide open, but more down to earth.
“I’m planning on doing airline business, working with big airline corporations, which is super cool,” Petrowski said. “The school has so many things to offer.”
In a National Signing Day ceremony at McAuley on Nov. 13, Petrowski and senior classmate Amia Owolabi signed their National Letters of Intent to study and play at Embry-Riddle, a Division II program, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Petrowski (Beverly, St. John Fisher) spent two years on the Mighty Macs varsity squad. She finished her senior year with 318 assists, 158 digs and 19 aces.
After reaching out to Embry-Riddle coaches and visiting the campus, Petrowski said, she knew she found the right spot.
“I was looking at schools on the east coast, and when I visited, I fell in love with the school,” Petrowski said. “It fit really well for what I was looking for. It’s really cool to be able to go somewhere with different majors, so this is really exciting.”
It wasn’t soon after Petrowski committed to Embry-Riddle that the Eagles coaching staff asked about a potential recruit.
“When I first committed, my coach texted me and asked if I knew Amia Owolabi. I said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I go to high school with her. She’s a great person!’” Petrowski said. “Amia visited and loved it the same way I did. I was so happy she’d be there with me.”
A 5’10” right-side hitter, Owolabi was a three-year varsity performer for the Mighty Macs, but she became a star in her senior season, finishing with 238 kills and 93 blocks.
When the possibility of Embry-Riddle came up, Owolabi said, she also had a few questions for Petrowski.
“I asked about the team and the coaches. It feels good since we’re going to a new school together,” Owolabi said. “We have each other. That’s another big plus. It’s great knowing I have someone going with me. I know I can count on her.”
Petrowski and Owolabi will be roommates.
“I was a little worried going to Florida by myself, but I was ready,” Petrowski said. “Having Amia with me makes it even better, especially as roommates. We’re stuck with each other for four more years.”