PDT Sports Editor
With a commitment to the University of Cincinnati, one of the most succesful high school careers as come to a close Friday with Ali Miller offically joining the Bearcats.
The Portsmouth senior is ready for the next chapter in her career.
“I’m definitely super excited,” Miller said. “I’m glad I’m a bearcat now. I’m just excited this day has finally come. I can’t wait to go to college there and play for UC.”
Miller received interest from Southern Illinois, Toledo, Ball State, Cleveland State, Bradley, Butler and Belmont, but nothing compared to Miller’s affection toward Cincinnati.
“The Cincinnati coach was the first coach I talked to after state my junior year,” Miller said. “Cincinnati was the first school I visited and I just fell in love with it. I love the coaches, I love the team, everything is great and I compared everything to that college on my other visits.”
Miller finished her Portsmouth career with a perfect record during the regular season while finishing as the state-runner in her final campgin for the Trojans.
“It’s been a great process,” Miller said. “I’ve had a great time with my team. I loved being able to accomplish everything I’ve accomplished for Portsmouth High School and being able to represent my school.”
While Miller is departing for the queen city, her legacy will remain in Portsmouth.
“She’s done a fantastic job all four years she’s been here,” Portsmouth coach Amy Keating said. “I think her legacy will help young children to strive, not only to be great athletes, but also great things academically. I believe she left that behind for the Portsmouth school district.”
Miller hopes she will be remembered fondly by the next generation.
“I hope people look at me as a great student, a great athlete, a great tennis player and a great person,” Miller said.
Regardless of rememberance by the Trojan faithful, Keating knows what kind of person the Bearcats have committed too.
“They are getting a phenomenal young lady,” Keating said. “She’s not only great athletically; she’s great academically. She has great ethics. They are getting a great young lady.”
Sentiments echoed by Portsmouth Athletic Director Joe Albrecht.
“She’s a quality young lady,” Albrecht said. “She’s very determined in everything she does.”
Albrecht hopes future generations look up to Ali and strive to achieve her commiment level.
“She’s a role model for younger kids,” Albrecht said. “If you dream high, your dreams can come true. She really worked hard at this. She committed herself to tennis 12 months a year.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For breaking sports news, follow Chris on Twitter @crslone.