Cabot volleyball player Bailee Uhiren is taking her game to the collegiate level.

Uhiren signed a national letter of intent to play at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill., during a ceremony Friday at the CHS library.

Lindenwood is a member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Uhiren chose Lindenwood because she was interested in their volleyball program and "I loved the environment and my teammates."

Uhiren has been playing volleyball for five years.

"This is just step one to accomplish my dream of being on the Olympic team," she said. "Being on the Olympic team is my No. 1 goal."

Cabot coach DeAnna Campbell said it’s a "tremendous opportunity" for Uhiren to play at the next level.

"I’m very excited for and very proud of her," she said. "This has always been her dream to play college volleyball. She’s worked very hard at this and has been able to make her dreams a reality. I think she will have a great college career there."

Uhiren, who will major in communications, wants to make her family proud.

"Most importantly, I just want to make my family proud in the long run," Uhiren said. "I think I’m on the right path to make sure that happens."