— By GREG WEBB
PEASTER — Peaster grad Shalie Case thought her volleyball career would end at the prep level after putting away her gym shoes last fall, and thought at the time she was OK with the decision. But then the sport tugged (again) at her heart strings — that changed everything.
“I made my decision [to pursue playing in college] late in the year,” Case said. “The Spring league came around I started to get pretty upset when I saw other people playing — and that I wasn’t one of them.
“So I started e-mailing several schools and Midland College responded. They were looking for a defensive specialist.”
A college day visit, a practice and an offer later, Case is set to hit the court, and the books, again (though the books were always in the plans).
“Midland had several other girls practice, but I was the one they wanted,” Shalie said. “It’s nice to be wanted.”
Shalie intends to major in applied sciences as she works toward a vocation in obstetric sonography.
“My mom [Kristy] works in an office where they do that type of work,” she said, “and I personally think it would be a really cool job — to work with a mom through each step of her pregnancy, and to see the baby develop.”
Case is particularly proud of the fact that three others of her former Peaster teammates will also be playing at the next level.
“It’s really special, coming from a small school, that four of the seven seniors on our team are going to be playing at the college level,” she said. “Coach [Autumn]Threet has been as much of a counselor and friend as she has been a coach since she came to Peaster, and that has been a big help for all of us.”