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Published 8/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
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The journey to Bohler Gym was a short one for Stephanie Logan, who was born on campus in the Health and Wellness building.

Having grown up around WSU, the redshirt sophomore right-side hitter knows more than most what it means to be a Cougar athlete.

“I grew up kind of idolizing Washington State athletes,” Logan said. “You would see them everywhere. When I was a little kid I would come to volleyball games and say, ‘I want to be just like (her).’”

Despite her love for Cougar athletics, Logan went through a stage many teenagers are all too familiar with.

“I went through a period of time through middle school and early high school where I was like, ‘I have to get out of Pullman, I never want to stay here,’” she said. “But then when I started getting recruited to play here I realized it was the best opportunity I could have ever asked for.”

Logan began her volleyball career in fifth grade with the Pullman Parks and Recreation league, playing one season before discovering club volleyball options.

“I begged my parents to start letting me play (club),” Logan said. “So in fifth grade they started letting me play that and I just stuck with it, I never played any other sports.”

While at Pullman High School, Logan was a part of two state championship teams during her junior and senior years.

“My favorite game in high school was when I was a junior,” she said. “So we were down in the final set 14-8, game point for them, and we came back and won by two. It was miraculous.”

It was the year before her first state championship that Logan realized college volleyball was a potential reality. She began receiving letters after competing in the Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Spokane.

While the Cougars were the first team to show serious interest in Logan, she was still interested in exploring her options with other universities.

“It did take me some convincing,” Logan said. “You hear stories about other kids who go to a university they think they’re in love with and then end up hating it after a year. So I wanted to make sure I had all of my options laid out.”

To explore those options, Logan and her mother, Jean, went on a road trip the summer after her sophomore year to take unofficial visits to other programs.

“I think that was really beneficial to me because I got to see what other schools are like,” she said.

In the end she had her choices narrowed down to WSU, Portland State and Montana, with the selling point for WSU being the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 and her relationships with some of the then-current players.

One of Logan’s favorite parts of being a WSU athlete is getting to participate in community involvement, something she experienced from the other end as a child.

“Whenever we have community service or outreach things I always get so excited,” Logan said. “I get to meet new people in my community, and especially young kids because when I meet them I can ask them what school they go to and be like, ‘Oh I went to Jefferson Elementary too!’”

Logan and the rest of WSU volleyball start their season this weekend in West Point, New York.

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