ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — On Thursday at Meigs High School, senior Alliyah Pullins signed her letter of intent to join the University of Rio Grande volleyball team.
“I really didn’t expect it, but I’m excited for it,” Pullins said of continuing her volleyball career. “It’s just crazy, everything is going to be at a much higher level, I don’t even know what to think about it.”
A three-year member of the Lady Marauders varsity team, Pullins posted 272 kills, 44 aces and 108 digs in her varsity career. Alliyah was a sophomore on the 2014 Meigs district finalist team.
“Alliyah has all the potential to be great playing for Rio Grande, I couldn’t be happier for her,” said MHS head coach Lori Carter. “She has worked hard these last four years, grown as a player and a student. She can play all the way around and do anything they ask of her.”
As a senior, Pullins was named to the All-District 13 second team and the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division first team. At Meigs, Alliyah played in both the back row and the front row, but she will primarily play back row for the RedStorm.
“We liked Alliyah because she went after ever ball, she hustled every play, she was very encouraging to her teammates,” URG junior varsity head coach Morgan Daniels said. “We’re excited to have her on our jay-vee team. We really needed a defensive specialist, because we had none.”
Pullins noted that Rio Grande being close to home was a major factor in choosing the RedStorm.
In addition to excelling on the volleyball court, Pullins has also been a key member of the Lady Marauders’ softball team. For her efforts on the diamond, Alliyah was named first team All-TVC Ohio twice. Pullins was an all-district second team selection as a sophomore and an all-district first teamer as a junior.
For the Maroon and Gold, Pullins stared in the infield and as a pitcher. Although she signed her letter of intent to join the URG volleyball team, Alliyah noted that her softball career may continue at the next level as well.
“I am going to try to walk on to the softball team at Rio,” Pullins said. “I went and talked to the Rio softball coach and he told me about how a lot of players are coming back, and he has full team.”
Currently ranked 23rd in the MHS class of 2017, Pullins holds a 3.75 grade point average. Alliyah plans on majoring in exercise and sports studies at URG.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342. ext. 2100.