Former Elton Sabre Victoria King will play NCAA Division II volleyball with the University of Mary Marauders this season. (SUBMITTED)
It took Victoria King a while to decide where to go to school this autumn, and now she can’t wait to finally get there.
The 17-year-old, who lives just north of Forrest, almost waited until the high school year was over before she decided to go to the University of Mary and play NCAA Division II women’s volleyball with the Marauders.
King wasn’t convinced university was right for her and was looking at colleges in Alberta for a while, but the people and look of the University of Mary campus made her decision easier, even though the 6-foot-3 right side knows it will take a while to adjust to life in Bismarck, N.D.
"I was there the past two weeks and we practised a bit," King said. "Pretty huge (jump in level of volleyball). It’s a lot faster. The game is played a lot faster. People hit a lot harder at you and you have to be ready for anything. I’m so excited."
King helped the Elton Sabres win the provincial high school AA varsity girls’ volleyball championship with a 2-0 (25-23, 25-17) win over the Killarney Raiders in the final in Steinbach. She was also listed as a provincial graduating all-star.
Because she waited so long to make her decision, King wasn’t able to secure a free-ride scholarship, but she did get a partial tuition scholarship for the year. She will use to study psychology.
The added bonus in going to Bismarck for King is that she still feels somewhat close to her family.
"It was closer than some of the other places that I had to choose from," she said. "It just seemed like a nice place when I visited. I was originally looking at college because I didn’t think university would be a good fit for me, but I just fell in love with it when I went down there and thought I’d try to be there."
The Marauders struggled last season with a 4-23 overall record and a 1-19 mark in conference play.
King would love to see the team improve on that mark this season, but isn’t sure how much of an impact she’ll be able to make. She’ll find out later whether she’ll redshirt the season or fill a role and come off the bench.
Either way, King is looking forward to going back to North Dakota on Aug. 16 to prepare for her first season of university volleyball.
"I’m so excited. I can’t wait to be back with the team," she said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 9, 2014