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VanGoey to continue volleyball career in Florida

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyEagle Valley senior Kelsey VanGoey shows off her National Letter of Intent to attend Indian River State College to play volleyball.

From the first time Eagle Valley senior Kelsey VanGoey touched a volleyball at the age of 11 in a WECMRD volleyball skills camp, she knew this would be her sport.

And last week, VanGoey signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Indian River State College in Florida on a full-ride scholarship.

“Ever since I was in fifth grade, I dreamed of one day playing college volleyball. That was my goal.” said VanGoey, who has played club volleyball six to seven months out of the year.

In addition, she’s been a part of Eagle Valley volleyball’s recent success as the Devils captured three league titles, two district crowns and berth in the 2010 state tournament during the last four years.

Club volleyball has led VanGoey to compete with Denver teams the past three years. Travelling to Denver multiple times a week for practices and on Sundays for tournaments was a sacrifice.

“I have made a lot of sacrifices for volleyball, such as missing school dances and numerous other fun activities but it has all been for my dream of being a college athlete,” she said. “My parents have always had my back and drove me to tournaments and Denver countless times. It has finally paid off.”

This rigorous club schedule gave Kelsey the opportunity to travel to St. Louis, Minneapolis, Omaha, Neb., Orlando, Fla., Reno, Nev., and Indianapolis for club volleyball and have the opportunity to be seen by college recruiters.

“My target college was pretty specific,” VanGoey said. “I am going to be a pediatric dental hygienist, which is a very specific area of study and the other important feature is that it had to be in a warm place.”

November found Kelsey in Florida, visiting five schools with dental-hygienist facilities and volleyball teams.

“I knew right away that Indian River State was a great fit” said VanGoey. “The campus is beautiful, state-of-the-art and the team is hard-core.”

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