When talking about the underhand chop, she admits it's a bit daunting.
"It's scary when you get to the end -- I don't want to hit myself with the ax. But it's really fun. And she said following the July derecho, she and her father spent a lot of time cutting wood and searching for downed trees that she could use for target practice.
"My dad has really gotten into it. He helped me buy an ax at a flea market," she said. A good ax can cost $300 or more, and the saws cost in the thousands -- and sharpening them costs even more.
The coach of the WVU team is Arden Cogar Jr., known as "Jamie" in the timber-sport community, a West Virginia lawyer and decorated professional woodsman competitor.
"There are around 15 people on the team," Vorholt said. "Jamie has a cousin at Virginia Tech, so that's why we often compete against them. Jamie has helped us all so much with technique."
Vorholt is in the agriculture sorority, Sigma Alpha, and the WVU chapter has 38 active sisters. She's made friends in the Virginia Tech group as well.
"My mom teases me and says that with this as a hobby, I scare off all the boys," she said. "But this club has given me a big group of big brothers."
The Charleston Catholic High School graduate is a horticulture major considering attending graduate school in recreational or horticultural therapy. She hopes all of her practicing pays off when she enters an annual meet in early October at Twin Falls State Park. In the meantime, the team is often asked to give demonstrations at festivals across the state as well as at the Future Farmers of America state convention.
So, when she throws the ax, what goes through her mind?
"It's fun -- and a good stress relief. I do picture someone on that target," Vorholt said with a chuckle. But she's not telling who would "get the ax."
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.