May 25, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorPAVILLION -- Dreams do come true.
Wind River senior Elley Votruba signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play junior college volleyball at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangley, Colo.
"I have always dreamed of playing college volleyball, ever since I was younger," Votruba said.
"It's pretty awesome that I get to play ."
Votruba will be playing for coach Richard Baker at CNCC.
Wind River athletic director Justin Walker was contacted about Votruba.
"The coach called our athletic director, and he just passed it on," Votruba said.
"I went from there. I contacted the coach. He wanted me to go and try out."
When the calendar reached May, Votruba thought her volleyball career was over.
"I was getting pretty nervous," Votruba said. "I really didn't think that I was going to get signed anywhere, but luckily the coach called."
The decision to play at Colorado Northwestern was made a couple of weeks ago.
At WRHS, Votruba is in National Honor Society, Future Farmers of American and student council.
She is on the B honor roll. Votruba recently was elected prom queen.
"It was a really good feeling to be the prom queen," Votruba said.
"I was a little surprised. "
Votruba is the daughter of Trevor and Jennifer Votruba.
Votruba made the 2011 Class 2-A Southwest all-conference team.
The 5-foot-6 player led the way for the Cougars in digs at 236.
"The coach at Northwestern really liked that I was a versatile player and that I could play any position on the court," Votruba said.
Votruba slammed down 175 kills and had 23 blocks.
"In the past, I have played outside hitter, but I pretty much played every position," Votruba said.
Votruba knows she has to do plenty of training in the summer to get prepared for the 2012 season.
"I need to get better on my speed," Votruba said. "College volleyball is just a whole new level. You just have to be faster in everything."
Votruba's teammate, Kelsi Davidson, signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for coach Tiffany Stauffenberg at Central Wyoming College.
The two should play against each other in a preseason tournament.
"It's going to be kind of weird because we have played together for so long," Votruba said. "It will be weird seeing her on the other side of the net."
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