Nov. 19, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - McKenzie Shea and Lauren Mills have signed National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at SMU, starting in the 2014 season, head coach Lisa Seifert announced.
Mills, a 5-11 outside hitter, led Keller Timber Creek to a 20-win season as a junior, earning Second Team All-Texas accolades twice. She has earned all-district honors three times, including two first team selections. As a freshman, she was named Newcomer of the Year, and has been named Muscle Milk Player of the Week. Mills was on the first volleyball team at Timber Creek as a freshman, and plays club volleyball for Tejas.
Shea, a 5-10 setter at Plano East High School, is averaging 9.0 assists per set for her career, and had 1,070 assists as a sophomore. A three-year starter at Plano East, Shea also recorded 190 kills and 190 digs in her first two seasons. The team was also ranked fourth in the country for its age group by Mizuno. She was named to the LoneStarVolleyball All-Texas second team as a junior, and was named District Setter of the Year in 2012 and as a senior in 2013. She is also a two-time first team All-District selection. She plays club volleyball for Skyline Juniors, and was named to the all-tournament team at the Junior Nationals after leading the Skyline 16 RSB Royal team to a runner-up finish.
"I am excited to have two complete position players in the 2014 class," head coach Lisa Seifert said. "Lauren is a very physical, six rotation left who will not only add to the depth of our current outside hitters but she will compete for a starting position right away. McKenzie has been trained at a very high level and understands the tactical aspect of running an offense. She will adapt quickly to our system and will make an immediate impact on our team. I am looking forward to getting them both in the gym."
The Mustangs are 19-9 this season, and are currently in second place in the American Athletic Conference with an 11-4 mark in league matches. SMU concludes the season with a three-match road trip starting Friday at UCF at 6 p.m. CT.