Pullin picks Pioneers
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Since the start of high school and maybe even before, Clayre Pullin has had her sights set on becoming a collegiate volleyball player. That dream and goal officially became a reality last Wednesday afternoon, as she signed to play for Texas Woman’s University.
“I feel like I’ve worked so hard in and out of the gym to get here,” Pullin said. “Now that it’s here, it’s so surreal and a weight off my shoulders.”
“I think I decided the beginning of high school,” Pullin noted of desiring to play in college. “I just knew I wanted to play volleyball in college and pursue the collegiate level.”
First-year Cuero volleyball coach, Chelsie Lemley, was able to see up close just how much work Pullin put in each day. Most people only have the opportunity to watch her compete on game day, but Lemley has watched her grow over these last several months.
“It’s been huge,” Lemley said. “[We’ve] talked all year long about what she brings to this program on the floor and off the floor, and it’s a lot. It’s a lot of leadership qualities that are gonna be hard to replace. These are some big shoes to fill. I’m really gonna miss her next year.”
The campus, coaches and atmosphere all stood out in Pullin making the decision to attend the NCAA Division II program in Denton, Texas.
“It just all fit for me,” she said.
Coach Lemley knows how difficult it is to become a college volleyball player. She played for four years at Texas State University.
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