TAMPA – Somehow, some way, Courtney Vogler plans to make it into Sports Illustrated.
She thinks it will happen – but will she be on the pages as a potential Olympic volleyball player, or as a high-profile supermodel? She isn't sure.
Vogler, a junior at Academy of the Holy Names, boasts not only a top-notch grade point average but has already accepted a scholarship offer to play volleyball at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A 6-foot-2-inch dominator of the net, she helped lead Holy Names as they knocked off rival Berkeley Preparatory School on Oct. 30 to earn a home game in the regionals against, who else, but Berkeley. The Jaguars have battled Berkeley for years and hadn't beaten them since 1981. But it all came together when Vogler, taking feeds from all over the court, pounded the ball over and over again.
No matter how far the Jaguars advance – and Vogler said there's no limit – beating Berkeley was a big deal.
“We always made district since I got here,” said Vogler, who had never played volleyball until ninth-grade. “But finally beating them, we made history. We're friends with them, so it wasn't personal at all, but it really meant a lot.”
Vogler doesn't deny that she is an intimidating player, but she doesn't talk a lot of trash. She's humble but confident. She can afford to be.
“I like doing everything I do,” Vogler said. “It's fun and I know how to keep things separate. My teammates kid me about the modeling once in awhile just to keep me in my place, but we are all just having fun. I like school also. I've been blessed.”
As for the modeling, Vogler started when she was 9 months old. Her mother was a model and Vogler was a natural. She doesn't do a lot of modeling during the volleyball season, but she's at plenty of shoots once the season ends. The Holy Names basketball coaches would love her and her height on the court, but she doesn't want any part of basketball – it might interfere with her modeling career.
“I love modeling,” Vogler said. “For awhile I didn't like it, then I decided it would be good to try it. I don't know if it's a career, but I want to see what I can do with it.”
You have seen Vogler in the newspaper, no doubt. She regularly models for Kohl's, does four fragrances for Avon, and plenty of other businesses. She doesn't hide the fact that being a swimsuit model is a goal of hers.
So is it swimsuit model or Olympic volleyball star?
“I'd like to do both,” Vogler said. “Wouldn't that be something? To be in Sports Illustrated as an athlete and as a model? That sounds like it might be a lot of fun.''