Kent-Meridian High School senior Olivia Carter breaks into a smile as she signs her national letter on intent to attend and play soccer at the University of Nevada during a ceremony Wednesday at the school library. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Kent-Meridian High School senior Olivia Carter breaks into a smile as she signs her national letter on intent to attend and play soccer at the University of Nevada during a ceremony Wednesday at the school library. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter

Special day for Olivia

Royals’ Carter pens scholarship to play soccer at Nevada

First came the “Q,” her brother, and now Kent-Meridian’s Olivia Carter is ready to take the next step and play her beloved sport in college.

Carter, who originally committed to Portland State University before its coach departed, found a soccer home at the University of Nevada, officially inking the scholarship paperwork Wednesday – the national letter-of-intent signing day – at the high school library in front of family and friends, staff and coaches.

She follows her brother, Quincy, a two-sport star at K-M who played running back at Central Washington. The proud brother joined the ceremony from afar, streamed through her sister’s cellphone, as she thanked her supporters.

“I’m super excited,” Olivia Carter said of the opportunity. “When I visited there, the coaches were great, the campus was beautiful and Reno was nice.”

Carter, a 5-foot-4 senior forward, was an all-North Puget Sound League Cascade Division performer and the Royals’ MVP last season.

All told at the school, Carter scored 39 goals and distributed 14 assists, lettering for four years while serving as team captain.

On the oval, Carter is a standout, state-class sprinter. She has personal bests of 12.76 seconds in the 100 meters, 25.56 in the 200 and 59.65 in the 400.

She is one of 13 newcomers for Wolf Pack coach Erin Otagaki.

Gifted on the field, Carted is bright in the classroom. Carter, daughter of Chris and Regina Carter, plans to study medicine at Nevada and perhaps become an anesthesiologist.

“I feel I can prosper there and reach my goals,” Carter said.

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