BILLINGS – Some of the best volleyball players in Treasure State history have worn the orange and black of Billings Senior. But none had ever been named a first-team all-American – until Raegan Steiner this past November.
The big-swinging lefty capped her incredible senior season by winning the Montana Gatorade Player of the Year award. You’d think with those accolades, colleges would be beating down her door, but that’s not how the process went for Steiner.
“I was just getting started my sophomore year, and I was like, ‘I don’t know who to email,'” said Steiner. “My mom said, ‘I went to Idaho State. Maybe that could be an option.’ I was emailing a lot of people, and some of them said, ‘No, we’re already done.’ And a lot of others just dragged it out and dragged it out, so I was getting really discouraged.”
Steiner’s impressive junior and senior seasons put her on the collegiate radar quickly.
“I got a few offers, and then a few walk-on offers, and then I prayed about it and said, ‘Help me know where to go.’ And it was meant to be,” Steiner said.
Steiner accepted a full-ride scholarship to Idaho State University back in November and will begin playing for the Bengals in the fall of 2018.