Not even the flu could stop Savannah Bronstad from achieving her dream.
The Jourdanton senior signed with Wharton County Junior College volleyball at a ceremony May 2, fulfilling her longtime goal.
“It’s honestly amazing,” Bronstad said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I started playing volleyball in seventh grade. The fact that I’m getting to play at the next level is just the best.”
The District 26-3A Offensive Player of the Year last season, Bronstad first caught the attention of the Pioneers coaching staff at a December tryout in Wharton. She did so even while battling the flu.
WCJC volleyball coach Brianna Florus invited Bronstad back to campus for a visit and offered the full-ride scholarship.
“The school was very clean, nice and small. It was more like a community, family-based place,” Bronstad said. “And the coach is absolutely awesome. She’s ready to go just as much as the players are.”
Florus played volleyball at Blinn College—another junior college—before transferring to Texas Tech to finish her career.
Bronstad, who will study to become a physical therapist, hopes to follow a similar path to a bigger college program after her two years in Wharton.
As for moving three hours from Jourdanton, Bronstad said the tight-knit environment will help her through any homesickness.
“It’s a long way away, I think,” she said. “But I think I’ll be OK just because of the family-based college and team that we’re going to have there.”