DICKSON – On Wednesday, Maddie Perez signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at Cumberland University. Her family, friends, teammates and coaches were all in attendance.

“I liked Cumberland because it was far enough from home, but I could come home if I wanted to,” Perez said. “Their program is a good program, and I love their coach, Coach Slaughter. She’s just a great coach. I’m very excited.”

Perez, who has been on the Dickson County volleyball team for the last four seasons, said that playing in college is her dream.

“I knew when I was younger that I wanted to play any sport at the college level, but once I got to high school I feel in love with volleyball,” Perez stated. “When I was in middle school, we took a few camps at Cumberland, and that’s when I really fell in love with the school.”

Perez also spoke very highly of the culture and program at Cumberland.

“They’re very competitive,” Perez said. “Everyone there is the best of the best, and everyone wants to win. Everyone in that program works very hard.”

Perez also had a laundry list of people she wanted to thank. She said each of them helped her reach the point of signing an athletic scholarship.

“I just want to thank all of my coaches, every one that I’ve ever had,” Perez added. “All of those coaches helped me become the player that I am. and I also want to thank my family and friends. They’ve supported me and helped me become the person that I am.”

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