One way or another, Bianca Gorospe is going to make volleyball her life's work.


She started playing it as one of her many sports while in the 7th grade at Victor Valley Junior High School.


"In junior high, it was just another sport, because I played every spot," said Gorospe, 25. "My sophomore year of high school, it became my single sport."


In fact, she dropped her other sports and only played volleyball for Victor Valley High School, and spent much of the rest of the year playing club volleyball.


"I would look forward to every practice. I looked forward to every workout," she said. "Club was about playing with girls who are just as passionate."


After high school, she went on to play for Victor Valley College and to be a star player at Cal State Los Angeles, turning her skills into scholarship money.


"I had a great experience. I had a lot of great coaches."


Her degree in kinesthesiology -- the study of movement of muscles and joints -- and a job coaching volleyball constitute Plan B. Right now, Gorospe's looking across the Atlantic Ocean, to Europe, where a volleyball player can make a living at the sport.


"I didn't have the mentality of 'let's put it to rest'" after graduation "like a lot of my teammates had. 'Where else can I go?'"


As it turns out, she can go to Europe.


In December, she'll be taking part in an exposure tour, visiting Germany, Poland and other countries, playing exhibition games and trying to catch the eye of various team scouts. If she plays like she did in college, where she commonly scored more than 20 kills a game, she's got a shot at making a living off of the sport.


"It's a comfortable living," she said. "When I was at CSLA, we had some Brazilian players [on the team], and they were telling me all about it."


And at 25, she still would have several years of pro play ahead of her before going to Plan B.


"There's girls in their 30s still playing."


But first comes the exposure tour. So far, she's raised some of the $1,800 required for travel and lodging expenses from family, friends, teachers and coaches.


"It's amazing that I can do this," Gorospe said. "I have so many great people behind me."


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