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Volleyball career will continuefor Bunn

Megan Bunn picks Eastern Oregon as her college of choice

If you can name it, Megan Bunn has pretty much done it on the volleyball court.

The Banks star added another item to her list of accomplishments last Tuesday, when she signed her national letter of intent with Eastern Oregon University. She will receive a partial scholarship to continue her education and play volleyball at the La Grande school.

“It’s definitely a lot of weight off my shoulders,” Bunn said last week after her basketball game against Tillamook. “Just a sigh of relief that (I’ve) finally chosen it and signed. I’m really excited to play with them. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Bunn certainly will take an illustrious resume east with her. She will graduate from Banks as the three-time reigning Cowapa League player of the year, as well as a three-time first team Class 4A all-state selection. With Bunn a constant presence in the rotation, the Braves picked up four conference titles — all with undefeated Cowapa records — and four state trophies, including third place in 2012, sixth in 2013 and second in 2014.

She saved her best for last, though, leading the Braves to a 27-3 record and their first-ever state championship this past fall. Banks dropped just one set in three tourney matches at nearby Forest Grove High School and avenged a state final loss to 2014 champion Sisters with a three-set sweep in the final. Bunn was named a repeat first team all-tournament selection after recording a match-high 21 kills and adding 13 digs in the final.

In Eastern Oregon, which competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Bunn has signed with a small college power. Under the tutelage of ninth-year head coach Kaki McLean Morehead, the Mountaineers posted a 25-6 overall record and went 18-2 to win the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season title in 2015.

“I’ve just heard a lot of good things about the university and just how it’s just a community kind of atmosphere like Banks, and that’s just something that I really was interested in, because in Banks we have so much support from our community,” said Bunn, who wants to become an elementary school teacher.

“They were saying how everybody comes to their volleyball games and their team (has) been three-time conference champions, so it’s pretty cool I get to play with a team of very talented girls coming in.”

The Mountaineers spent time ranked in the top 10 and made the national tournament last fall. Next season should be a good one too, as Eastern Oregon will graduate just two players off that roster and two All-American selections are eligible to return.

Bunn has also shined in other sports for Banks. In 2013, she helped the Braves win a softball state title, making her a member of state championship teams in two different sports.

She has also excelled as a post on the basketball team. As a freshman, she helped Banks win the Cowapa League and finish sixth at the state tournament. The Braves also took sixth place last year.

This basketball season may wind up Bunn’s best yet, as the No. 2 Braves are a sparkling 19-3 overall and started league play at 8-0. The team entered this week needing only to split its final two games to lock up the conference title.

Bunn noted that basketball has always been a fun sport to play, but her passion lies with volleyball.

She said: “I just always knew I was going to play college volleyball.”