Mar 29, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorKelsi Davidson has been a Central Wyoming College volleyball fan for the past six years, and now she will playing for the Rustlers in the 2012 season.
The Wind River senior signed a national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play for CWC coach Tiffany Stauffenberg this fall.
"It has been my school goal to come to CWC," Davidson said. "It all started when my friend Elley Votruba and I were the ball girls in the sixth grade."
Davidson said reaching the goal of playing at CWC meant attending a lot of camps, and being on a number of AAU volleyball teams.
Davidson travelled to the 2010 Down Under Bowl to play volleyball in Australia.
"I just worked hard in the offseason," Davidson said.
Davidson was recruited by Eastern Wyoming, Western Wyoming, Sheridan College and Northwest College.
"I always want to get great local talent," Stauffenberg said. "It's good for them to stay close to home and be a part of a community college."
Davidson was the Class 2-A Southwest conference player of the year.
"I will have a lot of my high school fans come and watch me play," Davidson said. "I think that it will be cool that a lot of the underclassmen on my Wind River team will come and support me. I'm just excited to continue to be playing volleyball."
Davidson was voted to the Class 2-A West all-conference team this year. The 5-foot-9 player was the team captain for the Cougars her senior, junior and sophomore years.
"During AAU, I just played all the way around," Davidson said. "I got up to middle school and high school and decided that setting was my deal."
Davidson is the daughter of Lori and Andy Davidson.
"Kelsi has been committed to Central Wyoming College volleyball since we started," said Stauffenberg.
The Rustlers finished their sixth season of volleyball last fall after reinstating the program.
CWC ended the 2011 volleyball season by losing to Western Wyoming in the Region IX tournament championship match.
"Kelsi was our ball girl the first two years," Stauffenberg said. "You always saw her in the stands. She has been the only camper that I have had for six straight years. She is very dedicated. I think that she deserves to be a part of the program."
Davidson had the team high in kills, assists and aces for WRHS last season.
"I have watched her play in her days in high school, and she has played with my girls in camps," Stauffenberg said. "I like what she does."
Davidson registered 115 aces on her powerful jump serves.
"She has two different jump serves," Stauffenberg said. "She will bring a lot of talent to our program."
Davidson ended with 279 assists. She delivered 265 kills and 18 blocks.
"Kelsi can already set in an offense that I like to run," Stauffenberg said. "She can set quicks, and she can set slides. I think that she is one step ahead coming in already."
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