January 28, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARBONDALE – Carbondale High School senior Skylar Miller signed a letter of intent this week to play volleyball on scholarship at John A. Logan College next fall.

Miller has twice been selected South Seven All-Conference and All-South. A defensive specialist and outside hitter, the senior recorded 304 defensive digs, second best on the Terriers squad, and added 185 kills, which was also second best on the team. Moreover, Miller had a team-best 45 service aces.

“Skylar’s an excellent athlete. I think she has the potential to play either defensive specialist or outside hitter with us,” said Vols head coach Bill Burnside. “She may not be the tallest girl in the world, but she is a very good leaper.”

Burnside said Logan should benefit by adding all-around talents like Miller.

“Without a doubt, Skylar is a good sign for us,” he said. “Last season, we were a little slim on the defensive end and paid a price for it. Next year, we will have Ali Amici back, plus Carolyn Phoenix from Trico, and now Skylar. They are all good athletes with a good head for the ball. I’m excited to have them on our team.”

Terriers head coach Fae Ragan, who coached the Logan squad prior to Burnside, said she couldn’t be happier to see one of her prize senior make the trek to the Carterville-based campus.

“I’m so excited for Skylar. She’s been a mainstay here for us. I will hate to see her go, but am happy that she will be playing for Bill. He’s such a great coach who will take her game to an even higher level.”

Ragan said Miller has played varsity ball for four years at Carbondale.

“Just an exceptional athlete in more than one sport. I truly believe that Skylar could excel at just about any sport she tried. Her ability is phenomenal.”

Miller said she was convinced to go with Logan after hearing so many positive stories from her older sister, McKena, a sophomore on the Vols’ basketball team this year.

“That – and the fact it’s close to home – made it easier for me,” she said. “I’m still dealing with the idea of playing just the one sport, but that’s what I am going to go with. Volleyball is it for me now. It’s what I like the best.”

Miller plans to study dental hygiene.