St. Amant High multisport standout Toni Rodriguez settled on one sport and one college.
The Gators standout recently committed to play volleyball at Tennessee and plans to sign with the Vols during the NCAA’s early signing period in November. New Mexico was Rodriguez’s other finalist.
“The night before I decided, I sat down and made a list of pros and cons for both schools,” Rodriguez said. “I had to look at which school I enjoyed the most when I visited and where I thought I would fit in the best. And after I looked at all of that, I knew it was Tennessee.”
Rodriguez was selected as The Advocate’s Girls Athlete of the Year last spring. She was voted the Division I-II MVP on the All-Metro volleyball team as selected by area coaches in both 2011 and 2012. In addition, she was an All-Metro choice in track and field in 2012.
As a junior, the 6-foot-2 Rodriguez compiled 627 kills, 234 digs and 97 blocks in volleyball, helping the Division I Gators to the quarterfinals. She also averaged 10 points and eight rebounds a game during an injury-shortened basketball season.
In track, Rodriguez set school records and ranked among the state leaders by leaping 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump and throwing the javelin 147-4.
Rodriguez carries a 3.5 grade-point average and has already met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards.
She is undecided on a college major but is considering teaching and coaching.
St. Amant volleyball coach Allison Didier Leake said several schools were offering Rodriguez the option of competing in volleyball and track.
“The good thing about it is, she’ll be close enough to home where we’ll be able to see her and so will her family,” Leake said.
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