COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Morgan State University continued its pipeline of recruiting some of the finest high school student-athletes in the Sacramento region by signing West Campus High School’s volleyball star Michaela Jamé Collins.
Collins, a 6-foot-1 senior, helped lead the West Campus High School Warriors to an overall 25-7 record and 15-0 mark in the Golden Empire League this past season. Collins earned a four-year scholarship from Morgan State through United College Action Network (U-CAN).
Morgan State University’s athletic department, a historically Black college in Baltimore, MD, had been tracking Collins’ progress since before her junior year through video of her matches. Now the Bears will get the real deal in person next fall.
“It’s hard work that’s finally paying off,” Collins said. “But I am excited and look forward to going there. Morgan State just stood out to me.”
Collins built up an impressive volleyball career for West Campus High School. For the 2013 season, she led the Warriors in kills (116), kills percentage (53.3 percent), solo blocks (62) and total blocks (114).
Collins, who has a 3.32 overall grade point average, finished her high school career with 104 sets played, 157 kills, 72 solo blocks, 130 total blocks, and 10 aces along with a .245 hitting percentage. He senior season was her best in three years on the varsity team.
Collins was also named Player of the Match on two different occasions last season by MaxPreps.com, an online source for America’s high school sports. She had 14 kills and seven solo blocks against Capital Christian on Sep. 26, 2013 followed by a 14 kills and nine blocks performance in the Sept. 30 match played against Cordova.
Collins’ mother, Jaime Collins, a former volleyball player herself, said her daughter “didn’t touch a volleyball” until her freshman year at West Campus. But she knew all along that Michaela had the skillset to compete in the sport, showing promise before entering high school.
“She started a year-and-a-half in gymnastics, and then went to soccer, basketball, softball, track…she’s done it all,” Mrs. Collins said of her daughter.
The West Campus coaches say Collins uses her tall, slender frame to her advantage when she dominates the front row in volleyball.
By Antonio Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer