Battle Mountains Plath signs to play volleyball at Long Island
Kelsey Plath helped lead the Battle Mountain volleyball team to success over the past four years. Now, she will get the chance to do the same for Long Island University. The Battle Mountain senior has signed on to continue her education and volleyball career at Long Island University, beginning in the fall. The Long Island volleyball team is headed up by Coach Kyle Robinson and competes in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference. The Blackbirds won their fifth straight Northeast Conference tournament in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Blackbirds finished the season with a 19-12 record.Plath was recruited by several NCAA Division I & II Universities including Coastal Carolina, Bryant University, UMass, Limestone, University of South Carolina, and Emory to name a few. The recruiting process was overwhelming and it came down to the coaching staff, Plath said. Coach Robinson treated me like family and that is really important for me since I am going to be so far away from home.I met Coach Robinson when I was ten years old and he was playing for the USA Mens National Volleyball Team. He came to Vail to coach our club program for one season and over the years I have competed against his club teams throughout my club volleyball career. Long Island recruited five freshmen from Colorado this year and I feel like we are all going to be like one big instant family. I have lived in Vail my entire life and moving to New York City is like something out of a movie. When my mom and I made the visit to see the school, we were overwhelmed, at first. Now, I am just excited about meeting new people and seeing new things. I will miss having my family at all of my games, but I know they will come out and see me all the time. I am so excited about Long Island and being a Lady Black Bird. I know I made the right decision.Plath was playing volleyball at five-years-old as she shagged balls for big sister Tiana. She started playing competitive club volleyball for the Avalanche Volleyball Club when she was ten. She played for Front Range Volleyball Club for the past three years and finished her club career in Denver with Colorado Performance. Over the past seven months, Plath drove to Denver three days a week to train on a high performance competitive volleyball team. Not very many people from a small town like Vail get the chance to play in NCAA Division I, Plath said. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so excited.