One of New Mexico State's top volleyball players had a chance to compete at one of the highest levels in Europe over the summer and is now showing the skills and knowledge she learned overseas on the court.
Junior Desiree Scott traveled to Europe in June to be part of the European Global Challenge with other college students from Oklahoma State, University of New Mexico, Arizona State and other universities across the nation.
The European Global Challenge, challenges young athletes to work on their skills and learn about the sport. "The level of competition European teams have is a lot tougher." Scott said, "It is almost as if they are playing a different game."
Scott, born in Holland, Europe, and graduate of Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson Arizona, has learned how to juggle both university level schoolwork and practices in order for her to be one of the lucky recipients of this opportunity.
The expectations at the university level are higher than those of a high school team, which helped Scott stay focused on school and volleyball. Daily practices, and the support of her new team were only part of her motivation to do better.
Like most student-athletes Scott still reaches out to her family for support before each game. Her younger sister Noel Scott,6, is usually the person that Desiree plays for. "I always play for my little sister," Scott said. "I have her initials in the back of my shoes."
Volleyball is a very intense game but what Scott loves most about the sport is the rush of energy that she gets every time she blocks the ball and the crowd starts roaring.
Scott keeps proving herself on the court making her one of the best blockers the Aggies have this season, coming out with seven kills on a .417 hitting percentage on last weekend's game against the Idaho Vandals.
While she was in Europe she met people from different parts of the United States and Europe, and is still friends with some of her teammates.
"From this trip, I learned not to take anything for granted and to take every opportunity that is handed to you," Scott said.
She was forced to become a team player and play her best with girls that she didn't know which made it a challenge that helped her grow as a person, team leader and volleyball player.
Scott proves that dedication and hard work pays off making this is another award added to her list.
Scott and the Aggies host the Louisiana Tech, Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m The Aggies have an all-time record of 15-1 against the Lady Techsters. The Aggies finish their week against Texas-Arlington, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m.