Many freshmen come to college athletics in need of some “seasoning” before contributing to their new teams. But that is not the case for Southwestern High School senior Erin Cottrell who signed recently with St. Catharine College.
“She can come in and make an immediate impact,” said St. Catharine coach Jason McDannold. “She is an excellent athlete who has played in a great program.”
Cottrell’s high school career definitely supports McDannold’s opinion. The Lady Warriors’ outside hitter was 12th Region Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. In her senior year Cottrell had 464 kills, 476 digs, 85 blocks and 118 aces. She helped lead Southwestern to 12th Region titles for the past five years.
In an interview with the Commonwealth Journal Cottrell said, “I achieved a lot here, a lot more than most people do, so it’s been a blessing that I’ve had the opportunity to do all this,” told Cottrell. “I want to thank my parents, and I want to give all the glory to God for putting me into this position.”
Erin’s father, Skip, got to enjoy his daughter’s career from up close as the coach of the Lady Warriors. “I’m super proud of Erin, as a dad,” beamed Cottrell. “She’s put in a lot of effort - the long practices, four years of traveling to Lexington and Bowling Green to play club volleyball. She’s earned every bit of it, so I’m really proud of her.”
Cottrell, who was named the Commonwealth Journal Player of the Year for the past three seasons, added the significance of her scholarship. “It’s definitely a goal that I’ve been working towards since middle school. “I’ve always wanted to achieve this goal, because it has always been a dream for me. I really loved the coach and the team - the girls are awesome. The school is really close to home so I can still be close to my family. I love everything about it.”