By Evan Mohl

The Cove Herald

Christina Miller helped turn the Lady Dawgs volleyball program into a perennial playoff team.

She'll get the same chance with the Crusaders in college.

Miller and point guard Tara Lundy signed their national letter of intents in the Copperas Cove Gym last Wednesday. Lundy will attend Central Christian College in Kansas while Miller chose the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The Lady Crusaders finished last season 7-22 with a 5-12 record in the American Southwest Conference.

"I've done it before," Miller said. "So I'm glad to do it again. I'm looking forward to it."

Miller started all four years on varsity, leading Cove to the playoffs in 2006 for the first time since 1993. The Lady Dawgs also reached the postseason in 2007 and this past year in Class 5A, another school first.

Miller made all district and the Texas Sportswriter's Association All-State team three consecutive years. She set Copperas Cove records in kills for a season (414) and a career (1,041).

The three-sport athlete isn't a one-trick pony, either. She finished second on the team in aces (54) and second in blocks (333) in 2008.

"We're going to miss her," Lady Dawgs volleyball coach Cari Lowery said. "She helped build this program through commitment to do anything necessary - block, set, kill. She's also a phenomenal athlete that helped this program get a lot of firsts.

"I've coached for 16 years, and only a handful of players were four-year lettermen. She's going to do great things at UMHB."

Lundy played a key cog in the Lady Dawgs District 12-5A championship. The point guard came off the bench to run the offense and be a pest on defense.

"When you go from 4A to 5A and win a district title, you need players like Tara who step up," Cove basketball coach Richard Herbst said. "She played great defense and never made excuses."

The Lady Tigers went 17-13 last year, but finished 27-11 two seasons ago when they reached the NAIA tournament. Lundy said she will compete with two other point guards for playing time. Lundy chose the school after she went to visit and got a chance to practice with the team.

"It was a lot of fun," Lundy said. "Everyone just jelled really well and played good basketball. There was a good team mentality."

Lundy plans to major in accounting and said she'll have to improve her fitness level in college.

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