CANTON — Canton-Galva volleyball standout Autumn Colgin is taking her game to the next level.
Colgin on Tuesday signed a volleyball letter of intent with KCAC power Kansas Wesleyan of Salina, a stone’s throw from home.
“I chose Kansas Wesleyan University because it felt like home,” said Colgin, who was a driving force behind the Eagles’ 17-14 season. “I loved everything about their program and their coach and every time I was with the girls or on the campus, I felt like this was where I belonged and where I was meant to be. I immediately hit it off with the girls and the coaches and staff. That in itself was enough for me to know I was in love. Everyone always tells you that you will just know and you don't believe them until it actually happens, but it did. It just felt right.”
Colgin had a super senior year as she had 119 kills, 228 digs and served at an 80-percent clip with 18 aces.
"Autumn is a great athlete and a smart volleyball player," C-G coach Kaitlyn Bressie said. "She is a leader both on and off the court and she makes an impact because she leads by example. She works hard, is very coachable and has a great attitude."
Bressie thinks Colgin has the attributes to make it at the next level.
"A few of the aspects that impress me most about Autumn's game are her ability to read the ball and see the court," said Bressie, herself a KW graduate. "She was always talking to her teammates letting them know what the other team was doing, what we needed to do and what was open on the other side of the net. She also did a great job on defense this season. Autumn was able to read the hitters on the other side of the net, adjust and put herself in a position to dig a lot of balls."
Her departure leaves a big hole in the program.
"Autumn has been a major contributor to C-G volleyball's success the last few years and her presence will be greatly missed," Bressie said. "She has been a great teammate and a joy to coach. (Assistant) Coach Cloe Hedlund and I love watching her play and we are excited to continue to get the opportunity to watch and support her at the next level."
The Coyotes have built a powerhouse program under coach Fred Aubuchon.
“I love everything about their coach and their program,” Colgin said. “They have built a very, very successful program that is competitive in the KCAC year after year. As for coach Aubuchon and I, we matched from the beginning. Coach really has this vibe that he gives off and you can just sense the positivity he has all the time and he genuinely pushes his players to be successful on and off the volleyball court. He sets them up for life after college just as much as he does volleyball. Academics are the most important thing to him and to me. He and I have seen eye-to-eye on everything we have discussed and I love that.”
Colgin will be busy up until the time she leaves next fall.
“During this school year in the offseason, I plan to play basketball and softball which will hopefully help me to stay in shape,” Colgin said. “As for the summer, I feel that a lot of lifting and time spent in the gym is what I need to get ready for the upcoming season. I can always get bigger, stronger, and better and that's something I am going to have to be dedicated to doing in the offseason to give myself the best opportunities for the upcoming years at Kansas Wesleyan.”
Colgin will major in business.
“I am looking into the pre-med courses available as well,” she said. “After college, I hope to be accepted to Kansas University's Occupational Therapy Program. This is the path I have chosen and I believe it is what will get me there and help me to be the most successful.”