Tearra Roberson had more questions then answers.
As the Shoemaker senior middle blocker played her final matches in high school, she slowly came to the realization that she was done with volleyball.
But volleyball was not done with the 5-foot-9 player.
“I was just thinking, ‘After this, what do I do? After this, where do I go?’” Roberson said. “And then, a week later, (Shoemaker) coach (Merdith Shaw-Moore) told me everything.”
After not knowing what she was going to do next, Roberson had options.
Last week, Roberson had her answers. The District 8-5A first-team selection, and two-time regional qualifier in track, committed to Wiley College, an NAIA school in Marshall.
“Actually, when I went to the college, it was just like, ‘This is real,’” Roberson said of the opportunity. “I was actually leaving the team that I’ve bonded with for years and played with for years and I’m getting to know a whole other set of girls. They understand, of course, because I’m a freshman coming into college — it’s life-changing.”
Shaw-Moore, the Lady Grey Wolves’ third-year head coach, had been fielding serious college interest for her star player the final month of the season. But she didn’t want to add the distraction or extra pressure to Roberson who was already shouldering a bulk of the team’s play-making and leadership responsibilities.
“To me, it wouldn’t even be right for a kid of her caliber and her athleticism to not go somewhere after high school,” Shaw-Moore said.
“After the season was over and I told her that she had some (college) offers, she felt like her season wasn’t in vain,” Shaw-Moore added. “Even though the result of the season wasn’t what she wanted for her senior year, to know that she had some looks ... then, her hard work didn’t go in vain.”
Roberson averaged 10 kills, 3.64 blocks and 4.14 digs a game during the Lady Grey Wolves’ district season and was Shoemaker’s only all-district first-team selection.
Roberson also considered Navarro Junior College and Lee College, among others, but immediately felt that Wiley would be the best fit after visiting the campus.
“Out of all of them, Wiley had the most, almost home feeling. I just felt like that’s where I belong,” Roberson said. “When I got on campus, it was just automatic feelings, it was just right for me.”
The Wildcats were 22-8 overall last season and 10-1 in the Red River Conference. They finished second behind Texas-Brownsville during the regular season but were beat by St. Thomas-Houston in a conference tournament semifinal.
Roberson will be the third Lady Grey Wolves player in three years to sign a national letter of intent for volleyball. She will be the first since Ebonie Davis (North Platte (Neb.) Community College) and Tye-Mekia Jones (Arlington Baptist College) both signed their letter two years ago.
“When the season was over, I was like, ‘Volleyball’s over, what do I do now?’” And then to hear a college, somebody else wants me to continue at the next level, it was just very exciting,” Roberson said.
“Everybody who plays a sport in high school, I’m pretty sure, wants to continue on the next level in college,” she added. “So, I’m blessed and I’m thankful for the opportunity. And, I’m just thankful for everybody who supported me.”
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