Page, who was named the 2013 Cherokee Tribune Volleyball Player of the Year, had several scholarship offers on the table from programs such as Wofford and Presbyterian College (S.C.), but while attending a skills camp at Troy, the coaches there also made her an offer.
“I hadn’t really thought much about Troy, but then I went to a camp there,” Page said. “As soon as I got there, I thought it was perfect. I played with the girls and I love it. It all came together right then.”
Page said she had exchanged e-mails with coaches at Troy, but they hadn’t even made her an offer until the camp. In a matter of days everything came together.”
Page is a setter for the Lady Chiefs, but committed at her club position — middle-hitter. At 6-foot-2, she is a good fit for the position, but she said her time as a setter makes her versatile and that makes her valuable.
“Middle is what I play in club and what I’m used to,” Page said. “It’s kind of like my home. Being a middle helped me with setting because from playing the position I know how to please the middles whenever I’m playing high school.”
Page began setting for the Lady Chiefs as a sophomore after suffering a torn labrum in her hitting shoulder. Unable to use her right arm for power, but also unwilling to take the season off, Page shifted to a position for the prep season that was less taxing. However, by the time the club season resumed, she had recovered from surgery and was able to return to middle-hitter. She was recruited to play both positions in college.
In 2013, the Lady Chiefs won the Region 7AAAAA championship and reached the finals of the Class AAAAA state tournament. Along the way, Page was named the Area 7AAAAA Player of the Year and First Team All-State Class AAAAA.
“There are a lot of expectations for us this year, but we have to focus on one game at a time and not just on getting back to state,” Page said. “We have to focus on county and area and just work our way there.”
Page said it was a relief to make her commitment and is looking forward to playing with the Lady Chiefs one last season.
“It took a bunch of pressure off,” Page said. “Having to deal with the senior project and a lot of hard classes this year, it’s a lot easier to already know where I’m going.”