ROGERS CITY — Taylor Fleming signed her letter of intent on Saturday to play volleyball at Lake Superior State University following her outstanding 4 year career at Rogers City.
Fleming has played at the varsity level since she was a freshman and immediately started making an impact on the team, helping the Hurons advance to the state quarter-final. She finished her freshman year with 226 kills and 83 blocks in 117 games.
Her sophomore year saw more of the same as her efforts helped bring the Hurons to a state semi-final. She improved on her freshman year stats in each category. Her kill count improved to 382, while adding 108 blocks and 56 aces in 118 games.
Taylor’s junior saw even more improvement as she had career highs in her offensive categories. In 127 games played, Fleming had 452 kills, 113 blocks, and 78 aces. She also added 320 digs as the Hurons advanced to the state semi finals again.
In Fleming’s senior year, the Hurons played 25 fewer games than their 3 year average, but her stats remained right on par with her career averages. In 94 games, Fleming had 345 kills, 75 blocks, 359 digs, and 48 aces as she and the Hurons won their fourth straight district title.
Taylor is also a 3 year letter winner in basketball and softball. She was also crowned Rogers City’s homecoming queen in 2018. She will still play basketball and softball to close out her athletic career with the Hurons.
“Sometimes you just run into an exceptional athlete, and I think she’s one of those,” said Hurons volleyball Head Coach Jackie Quaine. “She’s got the love for the game and she’s just willing to step up.”
Coach Quaine acknowledged that her she’ll miss her dominating presence on the court and wishes her all the best. “Who knows what she can accomplish. The sky’s the limit for her.”
Fleming didn’t expect to start on varsity right away and described coming up as surreal. “Coming up as a freshman, I had to learn what I was actually capable of and push myself to the fullest potential.”
Her favorite career moment came her junior year as the Hurons faced off against Leland in the regional semi-final. Leland was the top seeded school in the 2017 state finals, but Rogers City upset them in 5 sets.
As for her freshman year at LSSU, Fleming doesn’t have any expectations. “I want to have an opportunity to have playing time and be able to experience volleyball at the collegiate level.”
All of us here at WBKB certainly wish Taylor the best of luck with her volleyball career at LSSU. We’re still looking forward to seeing her finish out her basketball and softball career as well. Congratulations Taylor, you’ve certainly earned it.