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Koster to take on college challenge


The Sherwood senior comes back strong after knee injury

SHERWOOD — It wasn’t exactly the way Jessie Koster wanted to see her high school volleyball career come to an end.

The standout Sherwood High School senior outside hitter was down on the court, in a lot of pain, with ligaments in her left knee torn apart and with tears rolling down her face.

But, just a little less than seven months later, Koster had a big smile on her face, and she was excited to continue her scholastic volleyball career.

Koster made her future plans official on May 20, when she signed a letter of intent to play both volleyball and women’s lacrosse at the University of Dallas, a NCAA Division III school located in Irving, Texas.by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DOTTED LINE -- Jessie Koster, who graduated from Sherwood High School on Friday, recently signed a national letter of intent to play both volleyball and women's lacrosse at the University of Dallas.

“I’m really excited for it,” Koster said after signing her letter of intent in front of teammates, coaches, family and friends in a ceremony held at Sherwood High School. “It should be really good.”

Koster said that the University of Dallas volleyball team is looking for her to play either at an outside hitter spot, or at libero. Meanwhile, the Crusaders women’s lacrosse team is looking for Koster to play at an attack position.

“I like staying busy,” Koster said of playing two sports at the collegiate level. “I’m excited to get back in action at both of them.”

Koster sure seemed to leave her mark on the Sherwood High School volleyball program. She was a key player for the Lady Bowmen squad that won the Class 5A state championship in 2010 and for the team that placed third at the 2011 state tournament.

Koster was also having a banner senior season at Sherwood, earning first-team All-Northwest Oregon Conference honors while serving as captain for the Lady Bowmen team that won the NWOC title with a perfect 14-0 league mark.

But her senior season came to a painful halt during Sherwood’s home state playoff match with Corvallis.

It was in the second set of the match when Koster, who had tweaked her knee in pre-match warm-ups, went up at the net for a kill. Her left knee seemed to give out when she landed on it.

It turned out that she had both a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn meniscus in her left knee.

“I was really upset,” Koster said. “I felt like I let the team down.”

And there were also some concerns about her future plans of playing volleyball at the collegiate level.

“I knew I had options,” she said. “But I was a little worried.”

As it turned out, there was no reason to be.

“My knee is good,” Koster said with a smile following the letter of intent signing ceremony. “I should be back playing in the summer. I’m really happy right now.”

Koster will be joining a University of Dallas volleyball team that went 18-20 in the 2012 season and has a new coach in Amy Byfield.

She’ll be joining a University of Dallas women’s lacrosse squad that went 1-11 in the 2013 season.