VERSAILLES — Brett Bey played against some of the state’s top competition as she helped lead the Versailles volleyball team to the 2013 Division III state championship, and now she will face even tougher competition as she continues her career in college.
Bey, the daughter of Jerry and Sundra Bey, signed her letter of intent on Tuesday to play volleyball for Columbus State Community College.
“I never really wanted to quit playing volleyball,” the Versailles senior said. “Winning state’s awesome but I just wasn’t ready to stop playing. I looked at other colleges, but this one just fit for me. It was close to home, and it was kind of casual. I’m only going to play for two years, at least I think. It’s just exciting.”
Bey plans to study marketing and graphic design at Columbus State, which offers two-year associate degrees. She is unsure of her plans following her time at Columbus State but said she plans to transfer to a four-year university.
Bey said she felt really comfortable at Columbus State and with the Cougars volleyball program.
“We’re very excited to have Brett join the program at Columbus State,” Columbus State volleyball coach Jaclynn Yocum said. “I think with her versatility and skills and being able to play multiple positions, I expect her to make an immediate impact. I definitely think she’ll find a place on the court.”
While Yocum is unsure where Bey ultimately will end up playing, she foresees her being an asset for the team in the middle.
“I like her speed in the middle,” Yocum said. “I think she has strong hands; she might be able to help us out in the setting position as well. The main reason we’re bringing her in is in the middle position, but she definitely may end up in that setting position for us as well.”
Versailles volleyball coach Karla Frilling said Bey really improved during her senior season.
“I’m really proud of her,” Frilling said. “I think she’s come a long way in her last and final year for us as a senior. I’m really happy that she’s going to be able to take her talents and go on to the next level.”
In the state championship match against Gilmour Academy, Bey had three kills, three digs and seven blocks.
“I know for us as a blocking threat at the net, a defensive threat at the net, she really turned it on for us,” Frilling said. “Came around and really worked the net hard and I think she’s going to be a good leader. She really developed into a good leadership role for us this year.”
Bey joins classmate Amanda Winner, who is committed to play volleyball for the University of Findlay, as members of Versailles’ state championship team to sign letters of intent to play college volleyball.
The Versailles senior said she thinks she’s ready for the challenge of competing at the college level.
“It will be different but I gotta work hard, which, I’m sure they’ll work me hard,” Bey said.
The Columbus State volleyball team, which is a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II program, is looking strong for the 2014 season, Yocum said. She’s excited to add Bey to the strong group of the players the Cougars have.
“I think her skills are elite and her experience winning the state this year and playing for a strong program is going to bring a lot to the table,” Yocum said.