Hannibal senior Javionna Smith signed with the Central Methodist University volleyball program last Friday.
The Courier-Post caught up with her about the decision.
Courier-Post: What are the emotions like for you to sign and play volleyball in college?
Javionna Smith: "I'm really excited. At first, I was really unsure if I wanted to continue to play. But I went to one of their (CMU's) open volleyball days and really enjoyed it and was like, 'This is where I want to go.'"
When did you realize you had a chance to take your game to the college level?
"At first, I started playing in middle school, so it wasn't a big deal. Once I got to high school, I was like, OK, I really love this sport and want to do as much as possible. Then junior year was when I realized I wanted to continue to play. And I get to do that, so I'm excited."
What do you know about the team you'll soon join?
"I've been in contact with the coaches — the coach and the assistant coach. They're really nice people. They're always there for me, so I know going into their program next year I'm going to really enjoy it. It's like continuing with my coaches here. It's the same connection, so I'm looking forward to that."
What position do you expect to play at CMU?
"I'm mainly going to focus on defensive specialist or libero, because that's all I've ever played. With my height, there's not really much I can do, so that position is my focus."
What is a lesson you learned during your time with the Hannibal volleyball team that you will take with you to college?
"Always be a team player, no matter if you're on the court or not. Being there for your teammates and helping them to keep pushing, that's just something I've always learned."
What are some of your favorite memories from high school volleyball?
"Winning conference this year would be one. And my Senior Night will be something I'll always remember, considering me not getting much playing time this year. That's one memory I love the most — how I went out my Senior Night and just gave it my all. That was a good game for me that night."
What is the first thing you're looking forward to once you arrive on campus?
"Making new friends will definitely be one. Going into a new place and playing with different people, I hope to become really good friends with the girls and just be really close with them like I was with my old teammates. That's one thing I'm really looking forward to."