Gordon signs her letter of intent.

Gordon signs her letter of intent.

Madison senior hitter Macie Gordon had no shortage of suitors when it came to playing college volleyball. Utah Valley, Eastern Oregon and Texas A & M all came calling but it was ultimately family ties and a feeling that won out when Gordon signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

Both of Macie’s parents were raised minutes away in Castle Dale and a set of her grandparents still live in nearby in Huntington. The proximate family location gave Snow an edge in recruiting visits but Gordon wanted to take a visit.

Gordon arrived at Snow this summer and went through the team’s camp with them.

“It was really cool because we got to tour the campus and stuff,” Gordon said. “I just felt really good about it. I liked the school and the campus it was really nice. It seemed like a fun environment to be in.”

Snow’s coaching staff also impressed Gordon, including head coach Jeff Reynolds.

“He’s focused on very fundamental things like: passing and serving,” Gordon said. “He tries to get girls to want to work hard. He’s kind of like every college coach. We’re all going for the same goal to win the national championship. I like that about him that he tries to find specific girls to fit that role.”

Gordon also liked the girls on the team.

“I met some of the other girls on the team and I just liked how we all got along,” Gordon said. “I just think it’s a good way to start out into college volleyball not starting out in D1 but working my way into the program and seeing if I like it or not.”

Sugar-Salem’s Megan Pannell also signed to play at Snow so they could form an Upper Valley tandem in the middle of Utah.

Gordon thanked her coaches, family and friends and said she wouldn’t be where she is without them.

Gordon accepted a full tuition and full housing scholarship to play for the Badgers. She said the recruiting process felt quick.

“I wasn’t really expecting it because it all happened so fast,” Gordon said. “I was kind of just in shock but I was excited.”

She added that the feeling of signing hasn’t quite sunk in.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet but I think as it gets closer and my coach starts telling me more real,” Gordon said. “At the moment it doesn’t feel too real yet.”