Varsity Volleyball Player Continues Successful High School Career

Maria Miggins is verbally committed to play D1 volleyball next fall following several years of impressive varsity and club play.

Standing at nearly six-feet tall, Maria Miggins is one of the tallest players on Duchesne's Varsity Volleyball team. She's also one of Duchesne's most accomplished athletes having played varsity all four years, as well as for a club team that travels across the nation.

Miggins, a senior, started playing volleyball initially when she was nine years old. She also dabbled in tennis and gymnastics when she was younger, but Miggins decided to focus on volleyball beginning in middle school. She started playing for the Houston Juniors, a travel club team, when she was in seventh grade. Since then, Miggins has competed each season at Junior Nationals, a tournament that brings together the nation's top youth volleyball athletes.

"This past year at Junior Nationals, my team got 13th in the highest division, which was really exciting," said Miggins. "And the year before, we got 10th place."

At Duchesne, she's consistently one of the varsity team's top players and has been on the All-District team three times. Additionally, she's received All-State Academic honors in recognition of her outstanding GPA. To achieve this, Miggins manages to balance a rigorous course load with a volleyball practice schedule that often gets her home past 10 p.m.

"I just try to manage my time well and get my work done, which is why I love Duchesne because you have a lot of access to teachers during eighth period," Miggins said. "I have some free time to get work done on campus, and then I'll be up late studying. But it's worth it."

Miggins is verbally committed to play D1 volleyball at High Point University in North Carolina. She's not sure what she wants to study, but she's considering either pre-med or interior design. As she looks back at her experience at Duchesne, one of her fondest memories is traveling to Louisiana for a volleyball tournament and being welcomed by the girls at a local school, Academy of the Sacred Heart - Rosary.

"We went to Louisiana for a tournament and visited out sister school there," she said. "That was really fun because they were super welcoming and excited to host us. There was definitely a strong Sacred Heart bond."