BA student signs with St. Gregory's volleyball team, learns it's closing same day
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Hundreds of St. Gregory's University students are scrambling to find a new school after learning the school will shut down this December.
"At first I thought she was joking and so I didn't say anything in a response because I was waiting for her to say just kidding," said 17-year-old Erianna Murray.
From day one of searching Murray, a senior at Broken Arrow High School, knew she wanted to go to SGU.
"I loved how small it was and how everyone knew everyone, I loved the players," she said.
Murray's been playing volleyball since 8th grade and decided she wanted to take her skills to the college level.
She tried out for SGU's volleyball team in the spring of her junior year and was offered to play middle in September.
"I was so happy because she said I was her top pick," Murray said. "I went up on Monday to practice with the team, everything was normal. I bought a shirt, hat and everything."
But Wednesday afternoon, just hours after signing her letter of intent, she learned her dream and soon-to-be new home was gone.
"I was like, 'Oh my gosh this is real,'" Murray said.
SGU was denied a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which forced the board of directors to suspend classes at the end of the fall semester.
"It is a profoundly sad thing," University President Dr. Michael Scaperlanda said. "We have wonderful staff, wonderful faculty, wonderful students and it is going to disrupt all of their lives."
In a release, the university says it is working with other universities, bringing in transfer fairs and job fairs to make the transition a little easier.
As for Murray, she will be working harder than ever to ensure she will be playing volleyball at a four-year college come Fall of 2018.
"I am going on my journey, I am going where I am supposed to be going, it just sucks it had to happen this way," Murray said.
Murray says her volleyball coaches, including the SGU coach, are already helping her get in touch with other schools.