Dream comes true for WHS' Tara Mefford

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By Paul Gable

Since she was in the fourth grade, Williamstown High School senior Tara Mefford has known only one sport—volleyball.

"I have played ever since, and I just love playing volleyball," Mefford said.

Her attention to detail and love of the sport that both her parents played, have paid off as the senior signed a college scholarship to play at Union College this fall.

"This is probably one of the most exciting moments of my life, and I will remember today for a long time," said Mefford, who was recently named to the 32nd District All-District Team.

While she will be changing schools, Mefford will not be changing colors as Union's primary colors are also orange and black, the same as Williamstown. However, she says her decision was based on more than colors.

"I practiced with them in November and realized that I was not ready for my career to be over. I liked the campus, the fact that it is a small school and I thought I would fit in a lot better at a small school," Mefford said.

According to Williamstown High School athletic director Todd Dupin, Mefford is the first Williamstown volleyball player to sign a college scholarship.

"This is a big day for Tara Mefford and Williamstown High School," Dupin said.

She is also the first high school player that head coach Kelli Lee has had sign a scholarship. Lee played at Midway College and is confident that Mefford will handle the transition with no problem.

"It is a good feeling. I had several people help me play college volleyball, and this was an opportunity to give back. I am glad I had the ability to make the connection. Tara will be perfectly fine. She has court sense and knowledge that will give her an edge," Lee said.

Mefford knows it will be different at the college level, but she embraces the challenge.

"I definitely have to be ready to work harder and step up my game. I'm excited and ready to go," she said.

Union ended the 2006 campaign with a 21-17 overall record and went 12-6 in the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference, placing fourth in the regular season.