Tiffany Miller signs to play volleyball at SOU

Scott Swanson

Tiffany Miller became the first member of the Sweet Home High School Class of 2012 to sign an athletic letter of intent, choosing to play volleyball at Southern Oregon University Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Miller signed her letter in a ceremony in the high school library in which she was flanked by her father and mother, Brian and Cherie Miller.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I like the actual area (southern Oregon) a lot.

“I love to snowboard, so that was one of the reasons,” she added after a reporter noted the proximity of Mt. Ashland ski resort to the campus.

Miller has been playing volleyball since third grade and started playing club ball in junior high.

“I’ve been playing year-round since seventh grade,” she said.

As setter for the Huskies she has twice been Most Valuable Player, as a sophomore and a junior.

She said she has been playing for the North Pacific Juniors club team, a group of Albany, Eugene, Lebanon and Sweet Home athletes who play for Lebanon Coach Adam Ellis, but she decided to sign with SOU before many other club players sign.

“The way I got noticed was going to Southern Oregon’s volleyball camp this summer,” she said. “I just love it there. I’ve gotten a lot of letters in the mail and usually a lot of girls get picked up during club volleyball season. But I was thinking of going to Southern Oregon even if I didn’t play in college.”

She said Raiders Coach Josh Rohlfing liked her hustle and work ethic.

“I kept in contact with him and let him know I wanted to go there,” Miller said.

She plans to major in computer science.

“Tiffany has just put in a lot of time and effort,” Sweet Home Coach Alicia Meier said. “It’s kind of nice to see all of her hard work paying off. It’s nice to see a good kid who works really hard get what she wants. I think the Southern program will be really good for her.

“I think Southern is extremely lucky to get her and her attitude. She’s one of those student athletes you don’t have to worry about. She’s got a 4.0 GPA. She’s been a wonderful leader for us, a really positive role model.”