Grace Community senior Rilee Miller meant everything to the Lady Cougars volleyball team.
Next year she hopes to do a little bit of everything for the Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies.
Rilee Miller signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for TJC on Wednesday, joining a squad that finished fifth in the country last year.
“I’m just excited to have that next level of play – that high caliber of team,” Miller said. “I’m just excited to play.
“They had a really strong year. At one point they were No. 1 in the nation. … It’s a pretty high caliber team so I’m pretty excited about that.”
Miller did it all for Grace last season, leading the Lady Cougars in assists (567), kills (169), digs (184) and aces (106). She was selected All-East Texas second team and TAPPS 4A all-state second team.
“It’s so hard to put Rilee into words because she’s just been such an anchor for us,” Lady Cougars coach Lauren Williams said. “Being the lone senior … she’s definitely left a legacy that a lot of girls look up to and seeing someone go to the next level of play I think it’s an inspiration and it’s motivation for the rest of them.”
Miller chose to stay in Tyler over Harding University and Henderson State, saying she likes that her family and friends will be able to watch her play next year – and Williams said she’s already planning team outings to watch Miller’s games.
Miller also chose to play volleyball over soccer, the sport her sister Shelby went to TCU to play.
“She helped me a lot,” Rilee said of Shelby. “She was a big help during the recruiting process.
“She had more heart in that game and I had more heart in volleyball.”
Miller was an asset on all areas of the court for the Lady Cougars, particularly at setter. She said she might play setter, libero as she does in club or even defensive specialist – wherever she’s needed she’ll be there giving it her all.
“Definitely energy,” Williams said of what Miller will bring to TJC. “And she’ll definitely keep them on their toes – she’s absolutely hilarious.
“She’s a hard worker. She will do whatever they need her to do and do it to the best of her ability.”