Victoria College’s Kate Sexton, seated center, has accepted an offer to continue her college volleyball career at Texas Lutheran University.
VICTORIA – Kate Sexton made it to Texas Lutheran University two years later than expected, but still right on time.
Sexton, Victoria College’s sophomore outside hitter, has agreed to continue her college volleyball career at TLU after being one of the cornerstones of the Pirates’ program for two years.
“I was actually looking to go to TLU right out of high school, but it was smarter for me to go the JUCO route and finish my last two years there,” said Sexton, who was a high school standout at Palacios. “I just took the long route to get there.”
Sexton helped Victoria College capture consecutive Texas Collegiate Club Sports League titles in her two years with the Pirates. She was named the co-MVP of the TCCSL Tournament her sophomore season, and averaged 9.2 kills, 7.9 digs and 2.1 blocks per match.
Sexton hadn’t considered taking her volleyball skills to a four-year university until she was urged to do so by Victoria College head coach Josh Moore.
“I wasn’t planning on playing volleyball anymore, but Josh said, ‘You know, you can play on if you want to,’ ” Sexton said. “I thought maybe I should, because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. We went and scrimmaged with TLU and talked to the coach and they were interested.”
Sexton, who wants to study secondary education at TLU and pursue a career as a high school volleyball coach, said she regained her passion for the sport at VC.
“At one point, I think I had lost my love for the game, and I found it here again and built myself as a player,” Sexton said.
Sexton is proud of helping Victoria College raise the level of its program from club sports to the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Pirates make their NJCAA debut on Aug. 22 at home against Wharton County Junior College.
“It’s a big step for Victoria College,” Sexton said. “They will face better competition and gain more exposure. I think me and the other girls who paved the way for that will be able to look back with pride on what we accomplished.”
Photo caption: Victoria College’s Kate Sexton, seated center, has accepted an offer to continue her college volleyball career at Texas Lutheran University. Pictured with Sexton are, seated from left, father Greg Sexton, mother Chris Sexton and grandmother Betty Ross; and standing, Skylar Chreene, VC assistant volleyball coach; Josh Moore, VC head volleyball coach; Ethan Casillas, friend of Sexton; and Allison Volkmer, VC assistant volleyball coach.