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Brittani Dear signs with UIW
Brittani Dear signs her letter of intent to the University of the Incarnate Word, where she will play volleyball. Dear is joined by (from left) Superintendent Tom Harvey, Coach Theresa Reyes, Coach Richard Hinojosa, sister, Brianna; mother, Vicki; father, Michael; Coach Hilary Moehrig, and Coach Brian Funk.
LA VERNIA -- Brittani Dear knew she wanted to do two things after graduating from high school -- study pharmacy and play volleyball. So when the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) offered her the opportunity to be part of the Cardinal volleyball team, she jumped at the chance.
Dear has always had an interest in chemistry and medicine, and has been thinking about pharmacy for a while now. Pharmacy programs are not offered at every university, though, so with the fact that UIW offered her the opportunity to play volleyball and receive the education she was after, her decision became very simple.
Dear said she is excited about living on campus, about being involved with the Cardinal volleyball program, and about all of the “different adventures” she is sure to “encounter.” She said she will miss being at home, but is grateful UIW is so close.
“I can’t stand being away from home,” Dear confessed. “I enjoy spending time with my family. It would be hard to leave it all behind.”
Volleyball comes second nature to her family, and Dear has been playing since she was in the seventh grade. She has made a lot of memories in that time, but, like teammates Morgan Mills and Valarie Moehrig, Dear believes that winning the Wimberley Tournament this past season will always be that most special of moments.
“It had never been done before,” Dear said. “We came out and lost our first game. Then we came back to win two in a row. Coach was going crazy. We were screaming. We were so excited. That game will be with me forever. It was a great day.”
Outside of volleyball, Dear doesn’t have a lot of other major interests. She said she just enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as her grandparents when she can. It’s not always easy, though, as school and volleyball consume much of her time. Dear, like many of her peers, plays club volleyball outside of the high school season.
That love of the game is what has made Dear into the talent she is, and she’s excited about getting over to UIW and onto the court with her new teammates. She isn’t exactly sure where she will be playing, but knows she will be a contributor. The Cardinals are in a bit of a transitional phase, as the team looks to not only replace several seniors, but also to make the jump up to Division 1 competition.
“It will be a challenge, but whenever there is a challenge in front of me, it pushes me and will make me better,” she said.
Lady Bear Head Coach Theresa Reyes was in agreement, and believes Brittani will have no trouble rising to the occasion.
“Britt played all the way around for us,” she said. “She did a tremendous job for us. Brittani was a play maker. She was one of our leaders and ran with it. She was respected and admired by her teammates.
“Brittani has great work ethic and needs no one to motivate her,” Reyes added. “She puts 100 percent into what she does and makes no excuses.”
Dear has a bright future ahead of her at UIW and beyond. She is thankful to everyone who helped her, and especially to her parents.
“A big thanks to them,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without them. They are my biggest fans.”
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