Homegrown talent: Gabby Menghini reps North Platte on the court
Gabby Menghini's parents met through volleyball, so her goal has always been to play volleyball for as long as she could.
"It's in my blood and I always knew that I wanted to play at the college level and I always wanted to push myself to be able to earn that," she said.
Menghini graduated from North Platte High School in 2018, and stayed in town to attend North Platte Community College to play volleyball for the Knights.
"It was just really nice just down the road there's a college and has a great program, great school and just everything fell in the line," Menghini said.
Knights head coach Alexa McCall saw power, athleticism, and potential from Menghini in high school, and knew she wanted her to join the team. In her two years at NPCC, Menghini proved to be a player her coaches and players could rely on consistently.
"She always was able to just kind of get the job done, no matter what the situation was," McCall said.
McCall also said Menghini was a hard worker on and off the court.
"I think that Gabby has just always been a hard worker, things haven't always been easy, but she's overcome a lot of things, and we're proud of the things that she has overcome," McCall said. "The things that she does in the classroom speak a lot to her character, we look for students first and athletes second. She was a great student in the classroom, she was able to get a good start on her education, she can continue on at a four year school where she can get a degree and then also play volleyball for another two years."
Local talent on the Knights volleyball team is not unusual. Menghini was one of eight players on this year's roster from Nebraska. McCall, a Sutherland native, and NPCC grad herself, believes the local players, like Menghini, inspire local girls to want to join the program.
"We have kids like Gabby that have been successful and continue their career, it helps establish our program and lets kids know that they have options after they're here, and they get quality experience too," McCall said. "I think it definitely helps knowing that she came from North Platte and had a good experience here, that when they talked to her, they could ask her those questions."
Menghini completed her second year at NPCC, and will now continue her academic and athletic career at Doane University in Crete. One thing Menghini is thankful of, is the community support she has received the last two years.
"It's a great town and the support in the community is just amazing, you're recognized more than just being a volleyball player," Menghini said.
She also looks back fondly on her time spent at NPCC.
"I like to think really highly of [NPCC] and everything that they've done for me. If you want to be better, this is a place to go, they have the right tools to make you a better player, a better person, a better character. It's just a really good atmosphere," Menghini said.