MIDLOTHIAN – Georgia was definitely on Destiny Berry’s mind.

After a dominant volleyball career at Midlothian, the standout senior carefully weighed her college options before ultimately deciding on attending Valdosta State in Georgia. It’s a long way from home, just how she wanted it.

“All my school choices were all far away. None of them were in state. I’ve been wanting to leaving Texas for a long time,” Berry said.

Since her arrival on the varsity scene, Berry has been an impact player for the Lady Panthers, helping establish a presence on the front line. As a sophomore, she earned a District 16-4A superlative as co-middle blocker of the year. During her junior season, Berry was tabbed all-district again her junior year this time as a second-teamer.

Following the graduation of several seniors, Berry saw her role on the front increase even more. She responded by bringing home first-team all-district honors her senior season while helping lead the Lady Panthers to within a game of claiming the District 5-5A title.

With her 6-foot frame and towering vertical leap, Berry was bound for college. She just didn’t know which one.

After looking at schools in the southwest, she took a trip to Valdosta State and immediately found a home. Though she is normally a soft spoken kid who lets her play do the talking, Berry made it clear she wanted to branch out and try a new part of the country. Midlothian coach Rhonda Currey believes Berry has found the right place.

“She took the trip up there and fell in love with it and liked it. I think she’s going to fit in with their program well,” Currey said. “She’s going to bring some height that they need and she’s going to be a dominating force at the beginning. I’m excited to see her really blossom and take off in college.”

Berry figures to be a factor in the Valdosta rotation this fall as the Blazers have just two players that clear the 6-foot plateau. She will be the team’s new native Texan as McAllen product Emelia Saulter just graduated.

While there are still a lot of things left to play out before the start of the collegiate volleyball season, Berry has her mind set to go in and challenge for playing time with the veterans but knows she will get her shot eventually. All she wants is the chance to shine in a new environment. With any luck, it won’t take long for that to happen.

“I’ll be playing middle. It just depends on how I come in and how everybody else who is already in there does,” Berry said. “(My goal is) just to play great I guess.”

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