After Cheyenne Lang records her 1,000th kill in the final game of her high school career, she has no intention of stopping.
Our Savior’s Christian School senior recently made official plans to continue her college volleyball career by signing her National Letter of Intent to join Bismarck State College Mystics in the fall.
While she was still very excited to continue playing volleyball, Lang noted that the medical studies offered by Bismarck State were the ultimate factor in her decision to bring her talents onto the field along US Highway 83.
“I plan to become a dental hygienist”, she said. “So that was my main reason for going, but I knew I wanted to play volleyball again. When I was offered a scholarship, I knew it was the right option for me.”
The Mystics sold Lang because of their smaller class sizes and the ability to get the level of personal help with her studies that she would probably find difficult at a larger university.
The current Knights senior recalls knowing at a young age what she wanted to pursue after finishing high school. She quickly found what she was looking for in the capital after monitoring Bismarck State for nearly two years.
“I wanted to be an orthodontist, but that’s a lot of school,” Long gave in. “When I got my braces done a long time ago, I thought, ‘This is so fascinating, I want to do something with teeth and make people happy when they smile and don’t want to hide anything.’ I was just really fascinated by people with beautiful, radiant smiles and I wanted to make other people happy with their smiles too.”
The future opportunity to easily visit members of her family who live in Bismarck was a bonus to Lang and helped lead the Mystics above Minot State University.
In choosing her college program, the team’s win/lose column took a backseat in favor of her college, but Bismarck State is no slouch on the field.
Lang will join a Mystics squad that won 25 of its 29 games during the fall of 2021, including an impressive 16-game win that was broken up with an October 27 loss to Miles Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II Northwest Country Tournament.
“I think Cheyenne is a versatile athlete who works really hard, and I think she can add a lot in terms of teammates,” Knights head coach Kara Nunziato said. “She’s got a quick arm swing. She’s solid defensively, so I think she can be used in a variety of ways within their program.”
Lang will bring Bismarck a high school resume with 1,006 kills, 1,137 digs, 193 aces, 78 assists and 33 blocks.
The culture Mystics head coach Kyle Kuether has built within the program has also been a major selling point for the outside batter, who was looking for a team she would fit in well with and thoroughly enjoy being a part of. to make.
Lang will fondly look back on her time at Our Redeemer’s, even her days as a high school student aspiring to become the next Karlee Zablotney, Ryleigh Popinga and Karolynn Winger. A tireless work ethic landed her a spot on the varsity team as an eighth-grader, later carrying her through her rehab from a torn left ACL that sidelined her throughout her junior season.
“My coaches helped me through it”, she continued. “I’ve always been very lucky with my teammates, they’ve always been super, super awesome. It wasn’t hard to come and practice and want to work hard with them, everyone has been so great over the years. I’ve been really lucky.”
Just when she thought Bismarck State had given her everything she could wish for, Kuether also personally contacted Lang and offered her the No. 5 jersey featuring the Mystics that Lang wore during her Our Saviour’s career. She was ecstatic.
“Kyle finally texted me and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you wanted to keep your number 5′” Lang recalled. “And I texted, ‘Oh my god, yes please’ with a bunch of exclamation marks. That got me so excited.”