TEMPLETON — The second of Templeton High School’s volleyball stars has now committed to play volleyball in college as Cheyenne Rice signed her National Letter of Intent to play beach volleyball at Texas A&M Corpus Christy on Wednesday night in front of friends and family at Nino’s Grill.
Rice has been one of the best volleyball players in the county for a few years and has been on the Templeton varsity team since her freshman year but her passion has always been in the sand rather than on the hardwood.
“Since I was really young I have always wanted to play Division 1 beach volleyball,” Rice said. “And it really got me started on wanting to fulfill my dream and I started going down to really, really big tournaments in LA and just playing every summer. I played year-round for seven years to hopefully fulfill this dream.”
Athletic Director Lindsay Franklin noted that Rice had inquired many times about starting a beach volleyball team at Templeton HS even though it was a long shot at best.
Rice’s career numbers at Templeton are great. In four years with the Eagles Rice recorded 524 kills, 108 aces, 60 total blocks, and 465 digs to go along with first-team all-league in the Los Padres League her junior year and second-team all-conference this year in the Mountain League.
This will be the second Eagles’ player heading out to Texas from the 2018 senior class and not by accident.
“I had like three or four offers but they weren’t really what I wanted and when I first came here to Templeton in eighth grade I said I wanted to go to Texas because my best friend Ashley [Daughtery who committed to Texas A&M, College Station] is going to Texas.”
Originally Rice wanted to attend Texas A&M and be an Aggie but they don’t have a beach volleyball program.
For Rice, it came down to Houston Baptist University, the University of New Orleans and Texas A&M Corpus Christy, and if you have seen a map of where the A&M Corpus Christy campus is located it’s easy to understand why she committed.
“It is like a little island,” Rice noted. “And you have to take a small little road to get onto the island area. It’s surrounded by the ocean and there is this little grassy and mossy area down there. It is in the Gulf so its really, really pretty there and they have sand dunes you can drive on, it’s really cool.”