|Boggs signs with South Dakota M&T|
|November 25, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Gering volleyball coach Dave Lashley (far left) watches his team setter Allie Boggs sign a letter of intent to play volleyball next fall for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. Joining the signing ceremony are Allie’s parents, Todd and Annie Boggs.
It took some roundabout communication among coaches to complete the deal, but Allie Boggs, starting setter for the Gering volleyball team, will be playing for the Hardrockers at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City next fall.
Gering volleyball Coach Dave Lashley said Mines volleyball Coach Doug Tabbert had contacted Chadron High School Coach Don Matt, asking whether he knew of a setter who could run a 5-1 offense.
Matt, who had seen Boggs in tournament play, contacted the Gering setter and told her Mines was looking for a player.
“I really didn’t think much of it at first,” Boggs said. “I had verbally committed to play for WNCC, but God had different plans.”
Boggs said she had everything planned out and even had a roommate, but she knew the opportunity in South Dakota was the best one for her.
“Probably the hardest phone call I’ve had to make was to Coach Canales at WNCC because I love him and the team,” she said. “He was very understanding and said he was happy and proud for me. That shows a lot about his character. I cried during the whole conversation.”
Lashley said that as a four-year starter, Boggs was an important part of the program. “She’s been a good leader on floor and has shown real dedication,” he said. “She’s a tall setter who can block on the right side, so she’ll do well at Mines.”
Mines Coach Tabbert said Boggs has a nice skill set and brings a nice combination of size and athleticism to the setter position. “One of our goals as we move forward in conference play is to become a more physical team. Allie helps us in that regard. What I think stands out the most, however, is how she carries herself with confidence.”
Tabbert added that she has a chance to come in and be an impact player right away. “It is up to her to be prepared to do that when she arrives next fall, but I expect her to be ready to go, adapt well to the college game, and make her mark on our program.”
Boggs will not only be playing volleyball for another four years, but also getting a great education. She said she will major in what the school calls interdisciplinary sciences, which is their version of health studies and pre-med. After graduation, she plans to attend chiropractic school, specializing in pediatrics.
Of course, her parents had some influence over the years. Her mother, Annie Boggs, played college volleyball at Kearney as a setter. Her father, Todd Boggs, is a chiropractor in Gering.
“I’ve had a great career here at Gering, starting as a freshman for Coach Schadwinkel,” she said. “This year I was very close with my fellow seniors and our whole season was memorable.”