Two key ingredients in Nevada Union’s deep run into the boys volleyball playoffs last season are taking their talents to Southern California.
Seniors Trevor Bryant and Bobby Curtis signed letters of intent Tuesday at Nevada Union and will be playing Division I college volleyball after graduation.
Bryant accepted a partial scholarship to play at California State University, Northridge, and Curtis will be considered a preferred walk-on at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“The team, the coaches, everybody is just really close (at CSU Northridge),” said Bryant on his reason for choosing Northridge.
Bryant will be joined at Northridge by his NCVC club volleyball teammate, Justin Beskeen from Bear River, who plans to sign his letter of intent today.
As a preferred walk-on, Curtis will have a spot on the Santa Barbara team but was not offered a scholarship. Curtis said he hopes his play during his freshman year will land him a scholarship in his sophomore year.
“I’m going to fight for a starting position,” Curtis said. “Hopefully our team will get a national championship, and I will have a good time in college.”
Bryant and Curtis have been playing alongside each other since sixth grade and have continued to do so in club volleyball and all the way through high school. But at the college level, the two will find themselves on opposite sides of the net.
Northridge and Santa Barbara are both members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and traditionally play each other twice a season.
“I’m really excited,” Bryant said of facing Curtis on a collegiate court. “It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m really excited to play Bob.”
Bryant said he hopes to contend for the second-string setter position in his freshman year. Bryant is undecided on his course of study but said he really enjoys physics. Curtis said he plans to contend for a starting outside hitter position in his freshman season. Curtis is also undecided on his major but expressed an interest in marine biology.
In attendance at the signing were Bryant’s and Curtis’ families and friends, as well as former and current coaches.
NU boys volleyball assistant coach Kelly Rhoden said she expects Bryant and Curtis to excel at the collegiate level.
“Both of them have grown into really strong leaders on the court. Their progression through the years has been amazing,” Rhoden said. “They are very intelligent about the game, and that will carry them through at the next level.”
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