Thursday night was a big night for Battle Mountain volleyball’s LaRose Currie.
She garnered all-league honors, which was no surprise. She also won a share of the 4A Slope’s Player of the Year, along with Glenwood Springs’ Delaney Gaddis, as well as all-state.
But the biggest thing was putting her signature to a piece of paper.
That would be her signing her national letter of intent for a full volleyball scholarship to play at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
“I am so excited,” Currie said. “I wanted to play at a successful program. It’s the highest level I can still play outside hitter. I can’t wait.”
Nebraska-Kearney has made the Division II NCAA tournament 14 years running, so Currie will doubtless have to put them down as she did during her four years at Battle Mountain.
Thursday night’s end-of-season gathering was a good opportunity for the Huskies, their seniors, in particular, to reflect on their journey from 4-15 during their sophomore year to 21-2 this fall.
That netted the Huskies a large postseason haul in addition to Currie.
Outside-hitter Mackenzie Ellison and setter Maddie Perkins both made first-team all-league. And those two would be the only juniors in the circuit selected for that honor.
Emily Clinton, Alexis Medina and Tesha Olsen ended up as honorable-mention selections.
“I’m so proud of this graduating senior group,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “They started as low as they could have been and to climb as far as they went is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”
The players were dedicated. So was the coach. Fitzgerald is the 4A Slope Coach of the Year, as voted on by his peers.
“I think that’s just a testament to who he is,” Currie said. “His life is volleyball. He spends hours watching film. Everything he does is about volleyball. He deserves it.”
Saints pick up honors
Vail Christian’s world did not stop spinning after Saturday’s disappointing season-ending loss to Dove Creek at the 1A state tournament.
By Monday’s awards banquet at Vail Christian confirmed it.
“Once everyone stopped and thought about it, they realized how far they went,” Saints coach Cathy Alexander said. “You can’t let once bad match ruin an entire season. For the younger players, it’s becoming more of an inspiration.”
Senior middle-blockers Kristen Currey and Celia Smith are the Saints’ representatives on the all-league team. Smith is also all-state.
Outside-hitter Taylor Alexander, libero Bella McCormick and setter Remy Beveridge are honorable-mention selections.
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