Long inks with Cottey College
Friend, college's nursing program key factors
Cassville volleyball standout Britani Long had choices when it came to her college sports prospect list.
Benedictine University, in Lisle, Ill., had been courting the senior for a while and even told her that they had a spot reserved on their roster just for her.
However, a call from friend Sydney Curnes, who was former classmate, led to a campus visit and an infatuation that led Long to commit to play for Cottey College in Nevada.
"Sydney asked me to come up a take a look," Long said. "Once I was on campus, I fell in love with the design. Throw in the fact that Sydney and I would get to play together again -- I was sold."
Long also said the school's close proximity to Cassville and dedication to academics played a large role in her decision to attend as well.
"I plan to major in nursing, and they sold me on their ability to prepare me for that career," Long said. "I felt like the coaches at Cottey were genuinely interested in helping me become a better person and not just another athlete."
During Long's senior season, she accumulated 80 kills, 33 aces, 22 blocks and 17 digs.
"Ever since I was little, I have loved volleyball," Long said. "There were a group of my friends that played with me every year. That is what made the sport special and enjoyable for me."
Cassville Coach Hannah Ketterman, believes that Long will be productive on the college level.
"Britani will make a great impact at Cottey," Ketterman said. "Her hard work and positive attitude will help her be successful. She was aggressive at the net and had a very hard and aggressive serve. I am excited to see that transition over to her college career."
Long plans to focus on her nursing degree in Springfield, after her two years at Cottey. She is the daughter of Lance and Dawn Long, of Cassville.