BC’s Gossett taking volleyball skills to Union

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE – For Bullitt Central senior Amy Gossett, college was always in her future.

What Gossett wasn’t so sure about was continuing her volleyball career at the next level. When the senior finally decided that she wanted to play her sport in college, everything else quickly fell into place.

Earlier this spring, Gossett sat down with her parents and decided that her next stop would be at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. Later, Gossett held a signing ceremony in the Bullitt Central lobby to celebrate her signing in front of family, coaches and teammates.

Gossett only visited the campus once before making her decision.

“I only have to pay a little go there,” she said of the decision-making process. “They had good facilities and nice people there. The day after I visited there I decided to go there.”

Gossett also considered Georgetown, Brescia and St. Catharine as other options for her college career.

At 5-11, Gossett is an intimidating presence at the net for any volleyball team.

“He (Union head coach Jeremy Wise) said that he needs a middle hitter and a back row player,” Gossett said. “He said I could play any of the front row positions.”

Gossett later said that she prefers being a middle hitter.

The 17-year old is the daughter of Mike and Tiffany Gossett. Her father is the athletic director at Bullitt Central. Her older brother, Alex, is playing college football now.

The senior pointed to her grandparents, Jay and Pat Rice, as being important to her interest in sports along with her father and summer coach, Charles Scott.

Gossett grew up in Bullitt County and played volleyball for four seasons with the Lady Cougars. Her volleyball career started playing the sport for one year in middle school. She attended Bernheim Middle School.

While volleyball was her main focus, Gossett also played tennis for the last two seasons at Bullitt Central and was also a member of the track team for one year. When younger, Gossett also dabbled at softball. When Bullitt Central lost its top two pitchers to injury this spring, Gossett had a short try-out with the team, but ended up not joining the team.

It wasn’t until she arrived at Bullitt Central as a freshman that volleyball became more important.

“I had already played a year of volleyball and some of my friends played volleyball,” Gossett recalled. “I thought it would be fun to try-out.”

To help her game, Gossett played the past two years with the Louisville Starlings on the AAU circuit.

As a senior, Gossett was named to the All-23rd District Tournament team.

At Union, Gossett will major in Education. She would like to be either an elementary teacher or be part of special education. She also mentioned an interest in perhaps coaching in the future.

The most thrilling memory for Gossett of her high school career was her last night at home during the regular season.

“It was just memorable being my Senior Night,” she said.

Bullitt Central assistant volleyball coach Brandi Thornsberry believes that Gossett will be an asset to Union both on the court as well as off the court.

“She just works hard,” the coach said. “She has gotten fit and faster. She has gone beyond what we ask.

“Amy is also a very good leader,” Thornsberry pointed out “The girls respond well to her. She is very coachable. She goes beyond 110 percent.”

Gossett will join a Lady Bulldog program that posted a 26-9 record a year ago. That team lost to Bryan University (TN.) in the championship match of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament. That is the second best record in the program’s history.

Union is a member of the NAIA.