Golden Valley's Davidson signs with Pacific Union

Sjansen@mercedsunstar.comMarch 20, 2013 

S09_GV VOLLEYBALL

MARCI STENBERG/mstenberg@mercedsun-star.com Golden Valley's (5) Kourtney Davidson gets ready to put one over the net as a couple of Monterey Trail players go up for the block,Tuesday, Nov. 08, 2011 evening at Golden Valley High.

Kourtney Davidson didn't start playing volleyball until her freshman year at Golden Valley.

She's not going to stop playing anytime soon.

On Wednesday, Davidson signed her national letter of intent to accept a volleyball scholarship to Pacific Union College.

"I'm super excited to keep playing," Davidson said. "It's definitely been a goal of mine. I wanted to play volleyball in college."

Davidson followed her older sister, Kaitlin, when she started playing volleyball. Kourtney caught on fast and played three years at the varsity level.

Kourtney was an all-Central California Conference first-team selection her senior season.

"Kourtney really understands the game, she's very knowledgable," said Golden Valley coach Matt Thissen. "Quite often she would come to me in the middle of a match with a suggestion from a player's view on the court. Quite often I would listen to her."

Davidson immediately liked the campus in Angwin and felt comfortable with her future teammates and coaches.

"It's really pretty and forestry," said Davidson, who hopes to become a nurse. "All the girls were nice and I really liked the coaches."

Thissen has been coaching long enough to see a handful of his players use volleyball as a tool to pay for college.

"This never gets old," Thissen said. "It's not easy to get a college scholarship to play any sport.

"We've been lucky to have quite a few ladies that worked hard enough and were excellent students, who in the end were able to get their education paid for them."

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