The Waxahachie Indians athletic program had three of their own sign commitment letters to three different universities and colleges in order to play sports at the next level.
Miranda Herron and Cheyenne Fults both signed to their college of choice to play softball while Aeriel Horton decided to continue her volleyball career after graduating this year.
Herron will be a Wildcat next season after choosing to sign with Abilene Christian University.
Fults is trading out her green and white for maroon and gold when she becomes a University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawk.
Aeriel will take the court as a University of Texas-Pan America Vaquero.
Fults, who wears plays third base for the Lady Indians softball team and wears No. 22, said she came to the conclusion of signing with ULM despite scholarship offers from other institutions, which included two Ivy League programs (Harvard and Dartmouth).
“It’s a good school for my major and I really like the coach,” Fults said.
Fults, who said she wants to major in kinesiology with hopes of one day becoming a coach, said her family has been supportive through out the process of finding the right school.
“My mom and dad have been the biggest influence,” Fults said. “Mom helped a lot, but I also went to camps and that’s how I met my coach.”
Her teammate Herron, who wears No. 9 as the Lady Indians’ center fielder, received interest from the Texas Tech Red Raiders, the Golden Hurricanes from the University of Tulsa and her next stop on the Abilene Christian University Wildcats’ softball program.
Herron said she knew ACU was where she wanted to be immediately upon arrival to the private university.
“I chose Abilene Christian because as soon as I stepped onto the campus I just felt like I was at home,” Herron said. “Also because the coaches are so sweet and I really wanted to keep my faith strong.
Herron, who credits her parents as being her stronghold and support throughout her softball career, said she is interested in majoring in nursing in hopes of perusing a career as a flight nurse.
“I like helping people who have been in more severe accidents and need medical attention because I want to help people,” Herron said. “It’s something that I can do and feel like I’m making a difference in somebody’s life.”
Both Herron and Fults agreed the one they will miss most from being a Waxahachie Lady Indian softball player.
“I’m going to miss the bus rides to games,” Fults said. “Those are a lot of fun.”
As for Aeriel, the only Lady Indians volleyball commit to sign Wednesday morning, said that the reason she decided to pursue volleyball over her first love, soccer because of the Vaqueros coaching staff.
“The first college coach that ever talked to me were the ones with UTPA,” Aeriel said. “They were, of course for volleyball, which got me interested into playing that more. Now here I am today.”
Among the many collegiate volleyball programs that showed interest in having Horton sign onto their teams were the Mean Green Eagles of University of North Texas, the Dallas Baptist University Patriots and the uniquely spelled Bronchos (Broncos) of Central Oklahoma University.
Jane and Mike Horton, Aeriel’s grandparents have attended a majority of their granddaughters games this season and supported Aeriel throughout her volleyball campaign, were in attendance Wednesday morning.
Jane said her and Mike couldn’t be more proud to watch Aeriel take the next step of her volleyball career.
“Our expectations are for her to do well,” Jane said. “And to follow her heart by doing what she knows is right and what truly makes her happy. I know she will go far, she’s got a good head on her shoulders.”
Head coach of Aeriel and Waxahachie’s varsity volleyball squad was also at the signing and said she will miss the leadership and experience that Aeriel has brought to the Lady Indians.
“I love her court presence, you look and notice Aeriel and want to watch her when she plays because she does so much defensively and covers the court so well,” Fausett said. “She’s also a great leader on the court, she’s very determined, she likes to win and is very competitive and she brings a lot to this team.”
Aeriel signed her letter on Wednesday morning as her and the Lady Indians varsity volleyball team continues to work their way through the post season.
Aeriel has been a part of the Lady Indians volleyball team since she was a sophomore at WISD.
Over that three-year span she has not only gained experience through the teams playoff matches (which are in their 13th consecutive year of making it to the post season), but she also has broken two school records.
The first was in her junior year on the team when she scored the most points in a game (26) and the second was earlier this year when she tallied the most digs in a match (43).
She is on the brink of breaking a third school record by recording the most digs in a season, which currently is 733.
“I’m, I think about 50 digs from achieving this goal,” Aeriel said.
Faussett said she believes Aeriel will break the record soon, after she added 32 digs in the Lady Indians three-set sweep of the Mansfield Legacy Broncos on Tuesday night in the regional quarter finals (25-20, 25-19, 25-19).
Waxahachie will take on the Prosper Eagles in the regional semi finals at 7 p.m. Friday at Richardson’s Berkner High School.
The Lady Indians will face an opponent they faced of against twice this season, both times ended with the Eagles sweeping Waxahachie in three sets.