After years of hard work, commitment, and success, College Park senior, Bailey Cotten has committed to further her academic and athletic career at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Bailey Cotten began pole vaulting during her years in junior high and has been on the CP Varsity Track Team for 4 years. During her sophomore year, Bailey broke the school record for pole vaulting with a height of 12.0 feet. She has been a strong veteran leader to the track team and has been a role model to the beginning freshman pole vaulters.
"CP Track has been such an exciting and fun bonding experience with my teammates," Bailey Cotten said. "I have had a really fun ride with the girls and I'm really sad it's almost over. I don't want to leave."
Along with pole vaulting at College Park, Bailey also participates in indoor pole vaulting during the winter season and participates in Nationals during the summer. Last season she placed 3rd in district, 4th in Region 2, and 11th in 6A State. When it came to the college commitment process, Bailey completed the process independently and with support from her parents. She searched for colleges by emailing and calling coaches, filling out college questionnaires, and by visiting different college campuses. It was a long and stressful process, but was worth it in the end.
"I wanted to go to Sam Houston because I want to stay in Texas and be close to home. They have a great pole vault team, and I really connected with Coach Bernhard's coaching philosophy and style," Cotten said. "I also really liked all of the Sam Houston teammates and I think it is a great community to be around."
On Signing Day, Bailey signed her letter surrounded by friends and members of the CP community and got to truly see all of her hard work over the years pay off.
"People came up to me and told me that I was now a D1 athlete and I was amazed and I was so happy that all of my hard work, tears, blood, and injuries have paid off," Cotten said. "I am just so grateful that I get to continue this sport in college."
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Poll: VYPE Houston Public School Volleyball Player of the Year
What a volleyball season!
Fulshear climbed the mountain and won it all in Class 4A for its first state championship in program history. The Chargers were led by State Tournament MVP Alexis Dacosta.
Other quality finishes included Friendswood and Ridge Point reaching the state tournament. Friendswood was led by UIL State All-Tournament team selection Ashlyn Svoboda, while Ridge Point was guided by Kentucky-signee Reagan Rutherford.
There were a ton of amazing performances this year. So, it's time to vote for the 2019 VYPE Public School Volleyball Player of the Year.
The Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Poll of the Week – VYPE Houston Public School Volleyball Player of the Year is now live! Fans will have the chance to vote until Monday, December 2nd, at 7 p.m.
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<a href="https://poll.fm/10468196">Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Poll: VYPE Houston Public School Volleyball Player of the Year (Poll Closes Mon. 12/2 @ 7pm)</a>