Callin' Baton Rouge: Kingwood Park senior commits to LSU
Alia Williams is heading to Baton Rouge.
The Kingwood Park senior announced her commitment to LSU via her Twitter account on Thursday.
"I believe the environment and coaching staff at LSU is the best place for me to reach my potential as a well rounded volleyball player," Williams told VYPE. "I look forward to developing my volleyball skills and knowledge with the coaching staff and my teammates in Baton Rouge.
"This is a great opportunity for me. Playing at the next level, especially in the SEC, is a dream that doesn't come true for everyone. I am grateful to be given this opportunity and will continue to work very hard in order to live up to the expectations of my coaches and teammates."
I am SO excited to announce that I have verbally committed to play volleyball at LSU! I am so thankful for all of my coaches, teammates, family, and friends for supporting me through this process. Can't wait to be a Tiger!!! 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/ssheS80RyK
— Alia williams (@alianicolew) October 10, 2019
Williams was a part of the historic Kingwood Park volleyball team in 2018 that claimed the Class 5A State Championship, becoming the first-ever Humble ISD volleyball program to win a state title.
This season, Williams has helped guide Kingwood Park to a 19-19 overall record and 9-1 mark in District 20-5A play. Williams has recorded 213 assists, 123 kills, 110 digs, 36 aces and 31 blocks so far.
On making the decision to head to LSU, Williams said it came down to relationships.
"Many factors went into this decision," she said. "However it really boiled down to one main point. Coach Fran has seen me develop from my 15's year up until today. She knows the player I was at age 15 and how hard I've worked to become the player that I am today. I wanted to play for a coach who knew the kind of work ethic I have."
At Kingwood Park, Williams has seen the growth of the program to being state champions and then having to go through some ups and downs early this season.
She believes it has taught her a lot, especially when it comes to being a leader.
"Overcoming adversity is definitely something I owe to KPark," Williams said. "Going from State Champions to rebuilding our program has taught me so much. Through so many changes I have been forced to become a better leader and teammate for this program. Now I am looking forward to finishing this season on a positive note but definitely ready for LSU!"