Kyla Menefee did not have the senior season she wanted.

After joining the varsity roster following her junior year, Menefee broke her hand during the offseason, causing her to miss the beginning of the Lady Bulldawgs’ schedule. Then, after being cleared to practice, she broke her hand once again and missed the duration of the season.

Despite being unable to participate on the court, Menefee took on the role of assistant coach, spending her days helping the teammates and Lady Bulldawgs head coach Cari Lowery in any way possible. The experience helped spawn a love for coaching, and Menefee is eyeing a potential career as a volleyball coach with the intentions of working at Copperas Cove one day.

She has more playing to do first, though.

Menefee signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Alcorn Sate during a Tuesday afternoon signing ceremony at Bulldawg Gymnasium.

How does it feel to know you will be playing collegiately?

“It feels very good because when you sit out the whole season, your senior season, it is good to know you are going to college to play the sport you love.”

What made Alcorn State the right place for you?

“Well, I’m from Mississippi, so it is like a home environment, and my sister is not too far away from me in college. So, I just thought it was the best choice.”

Have you been to the campus?

“Yes, for my official visit.”

And what were your impressions?

“I love it. It is a pretty, pretty campus.”

Was the location one of main reasons you wanted to go there?

“No, the location is just a small, country area. (I’m going because) of the school and the history with my family. That is what makes me want to go there.”

What do you think about your new coach?

“I love the coach. She is very nice and very excited to have me coming in next year.”

What did the coach say was appealing about your game?

“She said that I was a great (addition) to her team because of my size and quickness. So, she is ready for me.”

This pretty much wraps up your high school career. What are your thoughts about moving on?

“It is kind of sad because you are about to graduate. You’re leaving. It’s over, so you’ve just got to realize that.”

But you are looking forward to the future, right?

“Yes, I am super excited.”

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