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Firth’s Adams signs with Big Bend CC volleyball

In the presence of her parents and coaches, Firth senior Ashlee Adams signs her letter of intent with Big Bend Community College women’s volleyball on March 7. Photo courtesy of Scott Adams


In December, tears to her ACL, MCL and meniscus brought Firth’s Ashlee Adams’ senior year as a multisport athlete to an abrupt stop.

Those injuries didn’t derail her ambition of becoming a college athlete, however, as she signed her letter of intent with Big Bend Community College’s volleyball program on March 7. She was recruited as a libero, the position she played for Firth.

Adams, who was injured during basketball season, also plays softball. The fact that the Vikings initially noticed her while scouting the 2017 2A state volleyball tournament in Rathdrum and remained interested despite her injury spoke volumes to Adams.

“It shows the kind of coaches that they are,” Adams said Friday by phone. “It made me respect them a lot more that … even though I was injured that they believed I could come back from this and play on their team.”

Adams stayed in contact with the Northwest Athletic Conference school after state volleyball and made a visit in February to Moses Lake, Wash. She said she found a good fit upon meeting the coaches and athletes while there.

“I felt like it was a really good environment to be around,” Adams said. “I loved the town and the coaches were super good to me. I got to meet a couple of the girls that played volleyball last year and I really liked them. They talked very highly about the school and made me feel comfortable and I thought it was a good choice to go there.”

Adams will not be the only eastern Idahoan competing for the Vikings when the new academic year begins. Earlier this month, Sugar-Salem’s Kayla Luke and Madison’s Hannah Wilson committed to Big Bend’s women’s basketball program. Also in Moses Lake are 2017 graduates Nash Austin (Hillcrest) and Leah Dougherty (Madison), both for basketball.

“It makes me feel a lot more comfortable having people from around here because it is so far away,” Adams said.

The 2017 2A Nuclear Conference Co-Player of the Year with teammate and fellow senior Cammie Gee, Adams had 34 aces, eight kills, five assists and 301 digs for the Cougars, who placed third at state in October. Adams said she has played all three of her sports as long as she can remember, crediting her father, Firth athletic director and former boys basketball coach Scott Adams, for helping along the way. She said she grew up with the goal of becoming a college athlete in some sport, and volleyball became more of a passion as she got older.

She reached that goal and now has college volleyball to look forward to upon completing her recovery.

“It’s nice that I get to play and redeem myself and end on a good note since my senior year ended with injury,” Adams said.

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