Shasta College sophomore and Foothill High grad Cameron Wallace signed her letter of intent Thursday to play volleyball for College of Idaho. (Contributed photo)
Cameron Wallace had her taste of playing volleyball at a four-year university before. After a year back at junior college ball with Shasta College, Wallace is ready to take the next step.
The Foothill High grad and Shasta College sophomore signed Thursday to accept a full-tuition scholarship to play for College of Idaho, an NAIA program located just outside of Boise, Idaho.
“I really liked the area and practiced with the team and was really impressed,” said Wallace. “It just felt like the right fit and the program is a winning and competitive program.”
The 6-foot-1 middle hitter was one of Shasta County’s elite players during her time at Foothill. She darted for Simpson University from her time as a Cougar but took the junior college route to get back to a four-year. And she said she couldn’t have made a better decision.
“I learned a lot and that you really want to be sure about where you’re going and know the team and the program because you dedicate all your time to it,” Wallace said. “It has to be a good place to grow as a player.”
In three varsity seasons as Foothill, Wallace amassed 478 kills, 290 coming her senior campaign. She totaled a team-high 240 kills at Shasta College last fall, a time she cherished and used to launch herself into a successful four-year program.
“I loved my time at Shasta, I wish I would have went there right away,” Wallace said. “They’re super tight-knit and it’s really competitive at a JUCO. I had so many more opportunities than when I got out of high school and there are a ton or really great athletes at that level too.”
COI is part of the Cascade Collegiate Conference and went 24-10 last season, making it to the Sweet 16 in the NAIA National Championships. For Wallace to get playing time right away, she’ll have to focus on getting stronger in the weight room, she said.
Wallace will get her Associates Degree from Shasta this spring in history and pursue a bachelors degree in sociology and anthropology with a minor in business. She plans to go into teaching or counseling and stay involved with sports as a coach.
“Athletics played such a huge impact in my life,” she said.