Rigney signs with Milligan

January 05, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Emily Rigney is taking her volleyball skills to Milligan College in Tennessee.

The Boyle County senior signed a letter of intent for a partial athletic scholarship to attend Milligan Sunday, and will also receive an academic scholarship to help pay for school. Rigney said she's looking forward to the challenge of college volleyball.

"It's going to be a lot more competitive than high school," Rigney said. "The skills will be a lot better and it's just a lot faster game. Hopefully I'll be ready for it."

Rigney credits her time with the Bluegrass Area Volleyball Association, her club team, for the big steps she's made in her game. In fact, Rigney signed her letter at the Lexington Ice Center, where BAVA plays.


This is her second year with BAVA, and Rigney said the added experience really paid off last season.

"I came back as a totally different player this season after last season," Rigney said. "They get us in shape and teach us higher skill levels. Plus, we get to play in a lot of tournaments."

Rigney said she was at Milligan last summer for a conference and met the coach, Kim Hyatt. It gave her a chance to play with the Milligan team a little bit, and Rigney said she saw Hyatt again a couple weekends ago at a volleyball showcase. She will be a defensive specialist for Milligan.

Rigney was also considering Transylvania and Georgetown, but she said Milligan was exactly what she was looking for in a college.

"It's a Christian liberal arts school and that's the kind of school I was looking for," Rigney said. "That, and the volleyball, of course."

Boyle coach Dana Stigall agrees that Rigney and Milligan fit together well.

"Emily is very strong defensively, and she'll contribute to the team in that respect as well as just her overall personality, the leadership and dedication she will lend to the team."

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