By Angel Verdejo

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove Lady Bulldawgs are making up ground on their male counterparts.

Thirteen football players and two baseball players have been honored in college signing ceremonies since January.

The Lady Dawgs have now had five in a week's time, with volleyball standouts Michelle Blount and Alysia Anderson joining two-sport star Savannah Seybold in a ceremony last Friday. Blount signed with North Central Texas College, while Anderson and Seybold committed to Schreiner and Texas Lutheran, respectively.

The trio joins Desiree Nelson (North Texas) and Shabanese Brown (Dillard University), who both signed the week before.

Savannah Seybold, basketball and softball: Seybold was excited not just for making her college plans official, but doing so on her birthday.

"It's a special day. I'm just excited to move on to the next chapter of life," said Seybold, a three-year letterman in softball and two-year letterman in basketball.

An all-district pick in both sports, Seybold said part of her decision to go to Texas Lutheran was the chance to continue playing both.

"When I came into high school, I was just hoping I could play one," Seybold said. "And now playing double, it's more than I expected."

Michelle Blount, volleyball: Friday's signing ceremony almost didn't happen - at least Blount thought so for a second. She played most of the volleyball season with what was thought to be a minor right-knee injury. An MRI after the year showed it wasn't minor. Blount had a torn meniscus, a fractured femur and partially torn anterior cruciate ligament.

"When I hurt it at first, I was worried that I was done or I'd have to get surgery and I'd be out for a while," said Blount, an all-district honorable mention pick. "But I ended up playing through it, toughing it out and I was good.

"This is a great ending."

Alysia Anderson, volleyball: Like Blount, injury forced Anderson to miss time during the volleyball season.

But unlike her teammate, Anderson never returned.

An emergency appendectomy on the season's fourth day cost Anderson her senior season, but she couldn't stop smiling Friday.

"I'm ready to play volleyball again," said Anderson, who was an all-district and all-state academic pick as a junior. "The day of my surgery, I told the doctor, 'Can this wait? What about volleyball?'"

It couldn't wait, but Anderson kept in touch with coaches she met the previous summer.

"I'm excited," she said. "I can't wait to go down there and start working out with the girls already."

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