LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
When North Laurel senior Tawny Gross was a sophomore, she took a field trip to the University of the Cumberlands and fell in love with the campus.
Gross was in her second year of volleyball for the Lady Jaguars. Gross loves the sport for its action.
“A lot of people might not think so, but it’s exciting to me,” Gross said.
That excitement, along with her skill on the court, led Gross to sign to play at the school she fell in love with, the University of the Cumberlands.
“This is a dream come true,” Gross said after signing. “I never thought I’d get to, but I am excited that I am getting the chance.”
“Tawny is a very well-rounded player who is confident and works hard,” Cumberlands assistant coach Chuck Shoemaker said. “The biggest things she will need to adapt to is the speed of the game and the changes from high school to college.” Gross will play on the junior varsity team.
“I think she will be an awesome player in college,” North Laurel assistant coach Cynthia Cupp said. “She has so much potential and is very goal-oriented. She’s a great young lady and a pleasure to be around.”
Gross plans on majoring in education with a minor in biology. That’s another reason she choose Cumberlands.
“They have the best education department in Kentucky,” Gross said.