THOMAS — Snake River senior Billie Gibson is no stranger to success.
As a member of three 3A state championship volleyball teams in her four years in Thomas Gibson is used to competing at a high level. And with a handful of her teammates already signing to play sports in college it was only a matter of time before Gibson got her chance.
With the stroke of pen on paper Wednesday afternoon Gibson cemented her future.
The senior and soon to be graduate signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D.
"I am excited, really excited," Gibson said about being a college athlete. "I was nervous at first but I have been talking to my coach a lot and I am just happy to go play."
Gibson said that the coaches and players were a big deciding factor in why she ended up choosing VCSU.
"When I took my visit out there I really liked the coaching staff a lot and I felt I meshed with the players really well," Gibson said. "
While Gibson is nervous about the challenges ahead in becoming a college athlete, she is also excited and ready for the challenge the future holds for her.
"I am going to remember the three state championships that I have and that have been playing with a lot of my teammates since I was in fourth grade," Gibson said. "We have a lot of good volleyball memories together."
Gibson had a few other offers and as early as last week had turned down VCSU head coach Adam Longmore's scholarship offer.
But after a text message from Longmore over the weekend Gibson decided to give VCSU a try.
"It's like a weight off my shoulders," Gibson said of signing on Wednesday. "I still have to move and everything, but I don't have to worry about getting recruited and working on scouting reports, it is nice to finally have it all done."
The Vikings are an NAIA school that plays in the North Star Athletic Association.
VCSU finished last season 15-22.