Rocky Ford's Teagan Mendoza-Werner signs to play volleyball at Dodge City

Ken Hamrick
LA Junta Tribune
Rocky Ford High School's Teagan Mendoza-Werner signed a national latter of intent to play volleyball at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College back in January.

Back in January, Rocky Ford High School senior Teagan Mendoza-Werner decided where she will continue her academic and athletic career as she signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Dodge City Community College (Kansas).

"I have played with coach (Jordan) Bruere a couple years when she was an assistant coach at Otero Junior College," Mendoza-Werner said. "It's close enough to home and far enough away to start something new, but not too far to where I'm afraid to branch out."

Mendoza-Werner has been out of action for the first part of her senior season with a health issue. She did not play in Tuesday's Rocky Ford win over John Mall in which the Meloneers defeated the Panthers 25-18, 25-22 and 25-20.

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"Right now I'm not playing," Mendoza-Werner said. "I was admitted to the hospital a couple of weeks ago with blood clots in my lungs. I've been out for three weeks and so hopefully I can get back out onto the court soon. But as of right now we don't have a set date to know when I'll eventually be able to be back out."

Mendoza-Werner was a four-sport athlete in high school. She also played girls basketball for Rocky Ford and she was on the La Junta co-op girls swimming and diving team and the La Junta girls tennis team.

"This year I didn't do swimming because of how crazy COVID was and how much it affected the season, and that the seasons would have overlapped this year," Mendoza-Werner said. "But I will be playing tennis if I'm able to after volleyball season."

Mendoza-Werner said that she will take many memories of her high school athletic career.

"I want to take my relationships with a lot of my teammates," Mendoza-Werner said. "I played four sports throughout high school and so I've had lots of teammates throughout these sports. The relationships I've built and created with these girls are what I'm going to cherish forever and I'm going to miss a bunch of them. I wish I was going to play with my little sister, but Torrin, I was able to play with her a couple of years and I'm going to miss having her on the court with me."

Mendoza-Werner plans to study some sort of business curriculum while at Dodge City and then moving on to a four-year school.

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Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email atKHamrick1@gannett.com.