White following dreams to college

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Courtney White, right, earned all-conference honors the last three years playing volleyball for Purdy. For her efforts, she landed a scholarship at Fort Scott Community College. Jared Lankford/sports@cassville-democrat.com

Purdy senior inks to play volleyball with Fort Scott Community College

For three years, Purdy senior Courtney White has pursued her dream of playing college volleyball.

With an acceptance letter now in hand from Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan., the dream is now a reality for the Lady Eagles' standout.

"I don't know how to describe how I feel," White said. "I love everything about the game, and I worked so hard to get this scholarship. You set goals and work to achieve them, and that was what I was able to do."

An injury derailed White's freshman season, but she more than made up for the missed playing time with the three dominant years that followed. White finished her career at Purdy with 94 aces, 488 kills, 28 blocks and 289 digs.

For her efforts, she was named to the all-conference team all three years and was a First Team all-district and all-region selection her junior and senior seasons.

"With volleyball, it is about playing as a team," White said. "You have to do your job, but it takes the whole group working together in order to accomplish your goals."

White said she sent out several videos to area colleges, but she had her heart set on just one location -- Fort Scott.

"I went there for a visit and fell in love," White said. "The coaches, the campus and the team were exactly what I was looking for as a player. When I got my offer letter, it was awesome."

White has turned her full attention to improving at her chosen sport. Instead of playing basketball for the Lady Eagles this winter, she is playing club volleyball in Springfield.

"It was a tough choice," White said. "I hate letting my friends down, but I want to be ready to play in college."

The senior also excels in the classroom. White is ranked in the top 25 percent of Purdy students and carries a grade point average of 3.63. She is the daughter of Shelly Prater, of Purdy, and David White, of Corpus Christi, Texas.

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