Torrance Lovesee is about to start her junior year at Bluestem High School, and already has an impressive resume as a three-sport athlete.
In the spring, Torrance earned three medals at the KSHSAA State track and field championships. Before that, she earned all-league honors on the basketball court.
The volleyball court is where Lovesee really stands out. Her excellence with the Lions and her club team has led to interest from colleges all over the country.
“I started getting interest at the beginning of club season this year,” Lovesee said. Lovesee has already made trips to Auburn and Xavier, and those are the two schools she has the most contact with. Other Division I schools that have shown interest are Stephen F. Austin, East Carolina, and Missouri State. Lovesee also received camp invites from Tennessee and Colorado State and recently received an official offer from Shepherd University, a Divison II school located in West Virginia.
“Torrance is an outstanding three sport athlete here at Bluestem,” Bluestem volleyball coach Shari Hatfield said.
“Her athleticism sets her apart from many of the same age which helps with her current success. I have worked with Torrance for two years and she has a desire to learn and grow and just to get better. Torrance has great potential as a volleyball player. There are so many different types of Division I programs, so most definitely there are programs she could play in immediately. I believe that she is looking for the program that will be the best fit academically and athletically.”
Lovesee knew she wanted to play college volleyball when she started competing in middle school.
“I noticed that there was a lot more competition, and my love for the game of volleyball just grew stronger once I got to high school.”
Lovesee believes that playing multiple sports has made her a more versatile athlete.
“With all of the sports I do the concept is the same, and I just strive to be a better athlete as I keep moving on to each sport through the year,” Lovesee added.
As a junior this season, Lovesee wants to set an example for the younger players on the Lions’ volleyball team. Another major goal is getting the team back to the state tournament. A state tournament appearance would be the second for Lovesee as the Lions made the 2A state tournament during her freshman season.
“I want to be a leader for all of the incoming underclassmen, so we can make it back to the state tournament,” Lovesee explained.