After three years of wowing Brownwood Lady Lions volleyball fans, senior Torrey Miller is headed to the next level. On Wednesday, Miller signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at NCAA Division II program West Texas A&M.
“This feels awesome,” Miller said. “It's always been a dream of mine ever since I started playing when I was 12 years old. I wanted to play in college.”
As a senior, Miller recorded 435 kills, 313 digs, 311 assists, 39 blocks and 26 aces en route to earning District 7-4A Hitter of the Year accolades. During her junior and sophomore years, Miller was tabbed Offensive Player of the Year in District 5-4A. Miller also received Class 4A all-state recognition from the Texas Girls Coaches Association following her junior campaign.
“It was an amazing honor getting to coach Torrey my very first year here at Brownwood,” said Lady Lions volleyball head coach Jessica Withrow. “Her heart and hustle and willingness to sacrifice her body to get the ball are what amaze me most. She would hit the floor whether it was at practice with the easiest drill we had or in the middle of a very intense game. She hit the floor for every ball.
“What stuck out to me the most was her leadership and overall attitude out on the court. She always stayed positive and played with passion. Seeing her dedication go to the next level in everything she does, her work ethic paid off because she was able to earn this scholarship to WT and it's exciting for the rest of our program to see that hard work does pay off. I'm so proud of her.”
Of her decision to attend West Texas A&M, Miller said, “I had a few places interested in me, but I was really pulled toward West Texas A&M. I went and visited a few times and when I went on campus it just really felt like home. I love my teammates, the coaching staff is amazing and I know they're going to do great things. They're going to make me better and the team better, it's going to be a winning program. It just really felt like the right place for me.”
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs, members of the Lone Star Conference, are coming off a 19-13 season, including a 12-8 league mark and appearance in the LSC championship tournament.
Miller plans to major in pre-med, which was another draw to West Texas A&M.
“The academics are amazing with one of the top pre-med programs in the state, even the country,” Miller said.
Miller took time to thank her parents, Rex and Stephanie Miller, and club coaches Ollie Guidry and Katre Loanes, for their role in her development during her comments to those who gathered at Warren Gym for the signing ceremony.
Miller arrived in Brownwood prior to her sophomore year after playing for Bangs as a freshman.
“The community really comes together for sporting events in Brownwood and it really didn't happen like that in Bangs,” Miller said. “That really pushed me to be better, to impress the people that were coming to the games. My skills were also getting better so that also pushed me to reach that higher level.”
Among Miller's highlights at Brownwood was defeating Vernon her sophomore year for the Lady Lions' first bi-district title in seven years. Brownwood also added a bi-district title her junior campaign with another victory over Vernon.
“It was really great to be a part of that and to be a Brownwood Lion in general,” Miller said. “There's no feeling like it.”
Looking ahead to her goals in college, Miller said, “I definitely plan on being a leader on the team and in the community. I want to reach all my goals I have set in place, which is being really successful in both athletics and academics, and being the best I can be.“