|Gering setter signs to play volleyball|
|April 30, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Nathan Flowers/Spectrum Photo - Gering senior Brooklyn Perez (No. 12) prepares for a return with teammates Allie Boggs (No. 3) and Kaylee Spreier No. 16) during an October 16 match up against Scottsbluff. Last week, Perez signed a letter of intent to play volleyball this fall at Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington.
Brooklyn Perez, the setter for Dave Lashley’s Gering volleyball team, will continue her education and her volleyball career for the Lancers at Eastern Wyoming College this fall.
“I had a connection with the coach the first time I met her,” Perez said. “After talking with her some more, I knew that was where I wanted to go.”
Perez added it’s “really cool” she will also have her best friend and fellow volleyball player, Leah Newman, on the team. And with more local girls on the team, they already know each other from play during high school.
“I’ve met with some of the girls and we all have that determination to win at volleyball,” she said. “The way the Lancers play is kind of like Gering, so I had a connection there.”
Perez said in addition to volleyball, she plans to major either in veterinary science or social work, but is leaning toward veterinary science.
Julie Sherbeyn, who will be in her second year as EWC head coach this fall, said Brooklyn is a competitor. “She knows how to find a way to win. The Gering team was making good decisions in their regional win over Alliance this year and Brooklyn was a big part of that. I enjoy her spirit because she has such a good time when she’s playing.”
Sherbeyn said she has a big task at EWC in seeing how the fall season will unfold. She’s made some big steps forward and the team is buying into the unknown as they make adjustments to keep the team moving forward.
“It makes me feel good they’ve entrusted their next two years to me and I hope I can do them justice,” she said. “I’m excited to get to work next fall. We play some tough competition in the region, so want to see how successful we can be.”
Gering volleyball coach Dave Lashley said Brooklyn is a very smart player. “She works very hard at the game has great setting and an ability to dump the ball. She’ll fit well in the Lancers program.”
Although she looks forward to a new challenge, there are also some sad points. “I’ve been playing volleyball since I was 6,” Perez said. “I’ll miss the girls I’ve played with most of my life.”