Glen Rose High School senior Taylor Fellers is headed to Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and plans to play volleyball for the NCAA Division II school.
Fellers signed a letter of intent several weeks ago but her intention to have a public ceremony after spring break was spoiled by the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting school shutdown.
Fellers said she plans to major in physical therapy, and Slippery Rock features an accelerated program. Rather than taking the usual seven or eight years to earn a doctorate in that program, Slippery Rock’s accelerated program can be completed in six years, she said.
She also chose Slippery Rock because the team seemed to be a close-knit group, plus she also “wanted to go somewhere up north. I wanted to get diversity — outside my comfort zone.”
Playing for the 18-21 Lady Tigers of coach Sandy Langford in 2019, Fellers was on the first-team all-district as the Server of the Year for her senior season in 2019. She led the 2019 team in sets and kills, and was second in digs.
Fellers had been second-team all-district as a junior in 2018, when the Lady Tigers had a 37-8 record and reached the regional final.
She said volleyball is refreshing and she still enjoys it as much as ever.
“I love it the same amount as when I started playing,” Fellers said. “It’s a stress reliever. I like a challenge, and volleyball is definitely a challenge.”
Fellers has several relatives who were also volleyball standouts, including her older sister Caitlin Fellers who played for the University of the Southwest. An aunt, Anissa Lynn, played for the Texas women’s volleyball team that won a national championship in 1988. Anissa’s husband, Douglas, had played on a nationally ranked team at Brigham Young University.
“I just wanted to be as good as my sister, or better,” Fellers said. “I looked up to her.”
Volleyball was the only sport Fellers participated in during her junior and senior years, after being in varsity track and cross country during her freshman and sophomore years. Her freshman year, she was a regional track qualifier in the 800-meter run, and was part of the Lady Tigers’ cross country team that advanced to the regional meet.