Abby Hickey was always caught between volleyball and soccer.
As a two-sport star, the DeKalb senior consistently was playing one of the other. But back in August, Hickey chose to continue her volleyball career in college, verbally committing to SUNY-Stony Brook. Hickey will sign her letter of intent Friday at DeKalb.
“It was one of the hardest decisions ever,” Hickey said. “I’ve always played soccer, I’ve played since I was really little. I kind of fell in love with volleyball and here I am.”
Stony Brook was brought to Hickey’s attention by Coley and Dan Pawlikowski, the current Sea Wolves coaches and two of Hickey’s former club coaches at the Kane County Juniors.
Hickey said the familiarity with the Pawlikowskis helped turn her decision towards Stony Brook. She also received interest from Valparaiso, Wisconsin and Loyola-Chicago.
“I just kind of fell in love with them as coaches,” Hickey said. “It’s definitely made me more comfortable, especially since I’m going so far away for school.”
Hickey was an All-Area Honorable Mention selection in volleyball in 2012 for the Barbs as a junior, helping DeKalb to a regional championship. This year DeKalb helped DeKalb to the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title before losing to Huntley in the regional finals.
Although volleyball will be her focus moving forward, Hickey said she’ll be in a DeKalb uniform one more time in the spring.
“I’ll definitely play high school soccer,” Hickey said. “It’s my last year of soccer…I kind of have to.”