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Valarie Moehrig to play for A&M-Corpus Christi
Valarie Moehrig celebrates after signing her letter of intent to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She is joined by (from left) Superintendent Tom Harvey, Girls Athletic Director Coach Richard Hinojosa, sister, Sarah; La Vernia Head Volleyball Coach Theresa Reyes; mother, Hilary; and father, Kenneth.
LA VERNIA -- After a great career on the volleyball court at La Vernia High School, Valarie Moehrig will continue playing this fall, but as an Islander at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
After much consideration, Moehrig passed on Texas Lutheran University, Hardin-Simmons University, and the University of the Incarnate Word to head for the Texas coastline. She enjoys visiting the coast and was already somewhat familiar with the campus. Her parents were also said to be quite happy with her decision, believing A&M-Corpus Christi was the “best fit” for her.
Moehrig said she plans to study nursing, and wants to eventually work as a pediatric nurse. She loves babies and kids, and dreams of working in a nursery one day.
Until then, however, there is a lot of work to be done, and Moehrig is ready to get started, both in the classroom and on the court.
“I know college is about going to school, but I am most excited about playing volleyball,” she admitted. “I’m excited about playing at the next level and about getting better. I’m also excited about a goal-specific education -- about something I am passionate about.”
So that more of her time can be spent on those career-specific classes, Moehrig has been working on getting some of her basic courses out of the way in high school, and now has several dual credit classes in her resume.
Moehrig is ready to move on with her life and her dreams, but understands that when she makes the move to Corpus, she will leave a lot behind.
“I know a lot of kids don’t like the small-town community. They want to get away,” she said, “but I feel like I am going to miss La Vernia and my high school team. I have known all these people my whole life. Many of my family members live in La Vernia, and I will miss them all.”
Moehrig said her high school teammates are very special to her, and that she is going to miss them a great deal. She will miss the bus rides, the friendships she made, and even driving her coaches “nuts.”
There are a lot of great memories for Moehrig from her time in La Vernia, and her most memorable moment was when the Lady Bears won the Wimberley Tournament this past season.
“Coming in we were like a brand new team,” she said.
“They were the same girls I had gone to school with all my life, but we lost so many seniors last year. We did our very best to play as a team and play together, and that’s how we won the tournament.”
As Moehrig reminisced about her time in La Vernia, she expressed thanks to all her teammates over the past four years, as well as to her many coaches. She offered praise to not only Lady Bear Head Coach Theresa Reyes, but also to club coaches John Obregon and Hilary Moehrig -- her mother.
“She has been great,” Moehrig said of her coaching mother. “She was always so supportive and really worked hard for us.”
Those traits also appear to have been passed from mother to daughter, as Reyes had similar comments about Valarie.
“She did a great job for us as a hitter. Her athleticism contributed greatly to the team, as did her bubbly outgoing attitude,” Reyes said. “She always said she was going to play volleyball and really stepped up her game to make that possible. Val showed great leadership on the court and was a friend, sister, and motivator off the court.”
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