When Orlando Lake Highland Prep middle blocker/outside hitter Cole Trimble signed to play volleyball at Rutgers last week, she probably didn't figure her future would include annual road trips to volleyball powerhouses like No. 1 Penn State or Nebraska, Ohio State or Minnesota or Purdue.
But after news surfaced this week that Rutgers is officially making the move to the Big Ten, Trimble is even more excited about her venture into volleyball at the next level.
"Another recruit and I were literally just talking about that today," Trimble said Tuesday. "I am super excited and I think it's awesome to be a part of such a huge and talented conference and to play against the teams, like Penn State, that I grew up watching in the final four."
The 6-foot Trimble, who has had a bit of an injury-plagued high school career, had 99 kills this past season for the 19-6 Highlanders. Besides playing at Lake Highland, Trimble has also been a part of three national title teams at Orlando Volleyball Academy.
She committed to Rutgers more than a year ago.
"Signing with Rutgers has been the greatest opportunity I have ever had, not only to get a fantastic education but also getting to play Division I volleyball," Trimble said. "It has been my dream since I began playing eight years ago, and actually having the chance is awesome.
"I am blessed to have such a fantastic coaching staff believe in me to help continue the growth of their program [at Rutgers] and it means a lot. I am so excited to contribute and be a part of it."
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