By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – Coming into her senior year, Donna High’s Celeste Mata was considering not playing volleyball.
“Basketball has always been my number one sport,” said Mata. “With that said, I wanted to concentrate on just that sport and on my academics as well.”
“So my plan was to sit out of volleyball and to pass on the summer training for the sport as well.”
But as the season started coming closer, Mata made a decision to go ahead with and ended up playing volleyball.
“It was my senior year and didn’t want to leave the girls that were playing volleyball,” said Mata. “We had a strong bond and a connection and I just couldn’t leave that.”
“Plus I was a senior and knew that if I didn’t play, I might regret it down the road.”
That decision to play the sport paid huge dividends as Mata signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Trinity College of Florida on Wednesday morning in front of a packed house at the Learning Resource Center at Donna High School.
Mata stepped up as a leader for the young Bravettes this year and was one of the driving forces that led them another playoff appearance.
Also, Mata was rewarded for her efforts by being a First Team selection on the All-District team.
Donna High head volleyball coach Cindy Viesca was very happy that Mata decided to play her senior year and is excited about the opportunity for her to play college ball as well.
“Celeste has been a very special case for us this year,” said Donna High head volleyball coach Cindy Viesca. “Coming into her senior season, she had decided not to play volleyball. But some of her friends and I convinced her to play and from day one, she started working hard and had a goal which was to play college ball.”
“We were trying to find a place for her to play and she got a couple of offers from colleges during the school year. But she was trying to find the right fit for her and her family. She chose Trinity College of Florida and I know she is going to do well. She is excited about playing at the next level and is an exceptional athlete. I am very happy for her and am glad she decided to play volleyball this year.”