JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — The competition that Marble Falls High School senior Natalie Chapa faced during the last four years will serve her well now that she signed a letter of intent to play for Cisco Junior College on Jan. 27.
“Hard work, dedication,” she said to summarize what it takes to play college volleyball. “I’m just very excited and can’t wait to play and be a Wrangler.”
Chapa played select volleyball and appeared in three different showcases, which allowed her to flaunt her skills in front of numerous college coaches.
The daughter of Laura and Ronnie Chapa will major in business at the North Texas school, located between Abilene and Fort Worth.
Marble Falls head coach Casey Schubert complimented Chapa for her willingness to learn. Chapa had been the Lady Mustangs’ setter but will move to defensive specialist in college.
“We’ve been excited about this day for a long time,” she said. “She came in and had a great attitude and worked hard and did a fantastic job for us.”
Her knowledge of how the setting position works is invaluable now that she will be on the back row, Chapa said.
“I had to react, be quick on my feet,” she said. “I know where (the setters) would want (the ball) and where they would like the passes. I have that appreciation because I was a setter.”