February 29, 2024

Steele playing strong

This archived article was written by: Krista Hamilton

No. 12 on the women’s volleyball team has spent her life in transition as she moved from Idaho to Utah, back to Idaho
and then back to Utah. Mason (Masi) Steele is a freshman at USU Eastern. She graduated from Herriman High School in the class of 2013.
She was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and traveled around most of her life. She lived in Ogden, Utah, until she was 6 years old, then moved to Boise, Idaho, until she was 9. The rest of her years were spent mostly in Utah near the Salt Lake and South Jordan area.
Steele’s role model is Sydney Anderson, who plays for the University of Nebraska.
She says she is her role model both on and off the court. Steele has followed the example of her
mother, Rebecca Steele, who played college ball at Scenic West Athletic Conference for the College of Southern Idaho. She has helped her in every way in life and in volleyball.
She chose USUE so she could stay closer to home and not leave the state. She said, “I really like the environment USUE volleyball head coach Chelsey Warburton has helped create. We work hard in practice, but I wouldn’t want to
be anywhere else. Our team is just the greatest to be around. Carly and Mindy keep us entertained on the way home from trips by singing Disney songs to us.”
She enjoys playing college volleyball because of her teammates. The team has become a family away from home for her.
The competition pushes them to get better. She is working on her prerequisites to major in physical therapy.
Steele’s goals are to stay positive and never miss more than two serves in a single game. She plays with all her heart and never gives up no matter how hard it gets on or off the court.