SCOTT CITY -- When Scott City senior Katie Hogan began her search for the perfect college destination, she wanted both the chance to get a great education and play for a prestigious volleyball program.
She found it 18 hours away.
Hogan recently signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for Miami Dade College in Miami, Fla., after a dominating high school career with the Lady Rams.
"Whenever I was making my decision, I wanted to base it on education and their volleyball program," Hogan said. "It didn't really matter where it was. If their going to give me the best education and also the best volleyball, then I'm going to go there to try and better myself."
Although she will be traveling from the low-lands of Southeast Missouri to the peninsula of Florida, Hogan said her future surroundings will more than likely help cure any homesickness she may feel.
"I think what's going to help me the most is the ocean," Hogan said. "Hopefully, that will help with the homesickness."
Hogan, who stands at 6-2, was part of bringing home Scott City's first ever volleyball state championship in 2009 and has been a staple for one of the more successful volleyball programs in recent years.
With the triumphs the Lady Rams have had, transitioning into Miami Dade's success should be an easy fix.
The Lady Sharks have made over 41 appearances in the National Tournament and have won 37 state championships as well as seven national championships since 1969.
"They've always been a top school for volleyball," said Hogan. "They compete with a lot of the Division I school's. They're just a very well put together program."
Miami Dade, which is a junior college school, finished last season by winning the Florida Community College Athletic Association Southern Conference championship and ended up ranked 11th in the nation with a final record of 25-6.
The Lady Sharks were also crowned 2011 FCCAA Atlantic Conference Champions defeating Polk State College 25-16, 25-23, 25-15; and State Champions after defeating Central Florida 25-20, 25-23, 25-23.
Miami Dade is known for producing volleyball players who more than likely transfer to a four-year program following their two years of service with the Lady Sharks.
"They're known for having really good players come from their school," Hogan said. "They have a couple players now being recruited by Missouri, Florida and a few more. Hopefully, I can continue that."
Hogan will likely major in physical therapy or pharmaceuticals.