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SHS senior signs with Skyhawks

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Special to the DailySHS senior Julie Oberriter signs her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Oberriter was a three-sport athlete with the Tigers.

Summit High senior Julie Oberriter has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Oberriter, a three-sport standout for the Tigers, picked the Skyhawks over a number of other schools, including Mesa State College.

Ultimately, it came down to location.

“I loved the school, and it felt a lot like Summit County,” she said.

Fort Lewis is a NCAA Division II program that competes in the highly competitive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. A perennial power in the league, the Skyhawks had a disappointing 10-17 season last fall.

Oberriter, though, knows it won’t be easy to break into Fort Lewis’ lineup as a rookie.

“I’m not worried about getting to play right away,” she said. “I’m just really excited to be part of that team and work to get better. That first year can always just be a building point for the next years.”

Oberriter has played volleyball since fourth grade, following in the footsteps of her older sisters. It was in middle school, though, that she saw an Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tournament with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh and decided volleyball was something she wanted to concentrate on.

She played on a club volleyball team in addition to playing for the Tigers during high school. Oberriter also played varsity basketball and is the No. 1 singles player on the girls’ tennis squad this spring.

Now, she’ll be able to just concentrate on volleyball.

“That’s definitely going to be different,” she said. “It’ll be nice to focus on one thing and work on skills and focus with one team.”

Oberriter will receive a partial scholarship from the Skyhawks.

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