TORRINGTON – Torrington High School senior Dani Masterson has decided to stay close to home and continue her education and athletic career for her hometown Eastern Wyoming College Lady Lancer volleyball program beginning in the fall of 2020.
Masterson has always been a fan of the program, attending matches, camps or open gyms.
“I have always like EWC. I’ve been a fan of the program since Julie (Sherbeyn) and the people before her,” Masterson said. “I’ve always gone to camp there, and I like the gym. I was fortunate enough to play in open gym with the girls. They were very nice.”
Masterson is a multisport athlete who also competed in basketball and soccer.
“I’ve always like volleyball the best. It was the sport that I was the strongest in,” she said. “I love basketball a lot, but the energy is different. I feel the highs in volleyball is a lot higher.”
Masterson was a key piece to the Lady Blazer run to the 2019 Wyoming Class 3A State Tournament in Casper in the fall.
In 91 sets played, Masterson led Torrington with 209 kills. She also served up a team-high 34 aces. Masterson also tallied 15 total blocks and 217 digs.
“She’s been amazing. She’s always been my go-to kid as a leader and being an example,” THS coach Chelsi Jackson said. “She’s just so athletic and easy to coach. We’ll definitely miss her next year.”
Masterson was the lone representative on the Lady Blazer team to earn postseason accolades, being named to the 3A East All-Conference team.
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Masterson said a lot of the recruitment process was done over Facetime since there wasn’t much of an opportunity to speak face-to-face to EWC coach Dante Geoffrey, who will be entering his second season at the helm of the Lady Lancer program.
Now Masterson’s focus is finishing up with high school schoolwork in preparation for the transition to college.
“It’s a little bit weird. It’s not impossible, but it’s more difficult to have certain classes online. It’s a real bummer to not be able to participate in art classes,” she said. “You can still do art assignments at home, and still watch videos. It’s just not the same as having an instructor.”
At the same time, she is disappointed to miss out on her final soccer season.
“Not having a soccer season was a real bummer because me and the other girls were really excited for this year,” Masterson said. “There was a lot of good energy on the team. It’s a sad thing, but it’s not the worst thing. Now, if I finish my schoolwork, I have more of the day free to get ready to play volleyball.”
Masterson plans to major in education with a minor in art with the goal of becoming an art teacher.
Masterson was thankful for her time at THS.
“The sense of community in Torrington is really, really great,” she said. “It makes being an athlete for Torrington a lot more fun when you have such awesome people supporting you and your teammates all the time. Besides the athletics, I think Torrington is a nice high school. We are big enough everyone can have their friends, but we are small enough you know everybody.”