Thirteen female athletes from Millennium High School pledged to continue playing in college by recently signing national letters of intent.
Of them, seven are volleyball players. Several athletes spoke to the West Valley View regarding their decisions.
Senior Alana Rennie, a UA beach volleyball commit, is thrilled to play at a Division I school.
“I love the big sports atmosphere in Tucson,” Rennie said. “I wanted to play with and against the best, and I know I can do that in the Pac-12.”
Rennie orchestrated a three-year varsity tenure with the Tigers spanning 564 kills, 302 digs and 105 blocks.
Kiana Miyazato, a 13-goal scorer for the Tigers her junior year, signed with NAU. She’s been instrumental in Millennium’s 2-0 start this season, already collecting three goals and two assists.
“I chose to commit to NAU because it’s a competitive, Division I program that is close to home which offers my major, biomedical sciences,” she said. “I’ve never lived in a city with four seasons, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m also excited to meet new people, make new friends and start the next chapter of my life.”
Joining Miyazato in Flagstaff next fall is teammate Megan Kirker, who’s netted four goals in two games this year.
“I was looking to get out of the hot weather, while not going too far from home, so NAU seemed perfect. I was offered money for my education to play the sport I love, so it seemed like an obvious choice,” the four-year varsity starter said.
Makaya Middleton compiled two impressive seasons with Millennium’s varsity volleyball squad, parlaying into a commitment to The Citadel in South Carolina.
“I chose to commit to The Citadel because it was a military school, and I wanted to follow my father’s footsteps and go to the Air Force. Hopefully I can reach a level in the military where my father would salute me,” she said.
Middleton notched 276 kills in 109 sets played during her senior campaign.
Middleton’s fellow volleyball teammate Bailey Schlosser pledged to Adams State University after three seasons at the varsity level. Her senior year saw her reach a career-best 26 kills and a 53.1 kill percentage.
“I chose to commit there because the campus was gorgeous, and the coaches and the team made me feel at home. I also love the weather and the community involvement with the school. I’m so excited to start my new journey,” Schlosser said.
Other commits include Danielle Falcon (South Mountain Community College, softball), Sedona Sherman (University of the Pacific, volleyball), Ashley Antoniak (Seattle Pacific University, volleyball), Rylee Johnson (Fort Lewis College, volleyball), Nicole Hoff (Long Beach State University, volleyball), Alexyss Newman (Eastern Washington University, basketball), Shyann Heredia (Pima Community College, basketball) and Dominique Phillips (University of Nevada Reno, basketball).