Enterprise volleyball stars Ali Wiggins, Morgan Harrelson and Tatiana Bonilla signed letters-of-intent to accept scholarship offers from Bay Minette’s Coastal Alabama Community College (Coastal Alabama-South) on Monday, Dec. 16.
Unsurprisingly, this trio of Lady Cats were stars for the EHS volleyball team over the last several years. Harrelson ended her senior year with 208 kills, 25 blocks, 339 digs, 78 aces and 432 assists. In her career, Harrelson logged 464 kills, 1,121 assists, 825 digs and 167 aces.
Ali Wiggins finished off her senior year with 425 assists, 43 aces, 286 digs, 422 kills and 42 blocks. She amassed an eye-popping 2,016 career assists along with 174 aces, 906 digs and 1,006 kills.
Bonilla totaled 433 digs, 55 aces, three kills, 119 assists and 660 good receives as a senior, while earning 837 career digs, 1,119 good receives and 96 career aces.
The Enterprise volleyball standouts signed together at EHS and jumping up to the next level of competition together meant a lot to them.
“We’re best friends on and off the court, we go to each other for everything,” Bonilla emphasized. “To have them with me in college is major. I’m so excited to have them there with me.”
EHS coach Janie Wiggins said going to Coastal Alabama-South will be huge for not only them but the school’s program as a whole.
“I’m just ecstatic for them to get this opportunity to play at the next level and to step into a situation that is sometimes a difficult one to make,” she said. “It’s sometimes hard to get to know your teammates and make friends, but they have the privilege of stepping into a situation where they already have that chemistry together and it’s going to be really beneficial to them to have that comfort and to the program.”
Initially, Coastal Alabama-South’s coach Ritchie Dulaney had been recruiting Ali Wiggins and Bonilla, but that changed over the summer.
“She came to watch Ali and (Bonilla) in our tournament and then after seeing me (in the tournament) she offered me, too,” Harrelson said. “I really loved the environment of the school and going with my teammates was a big factor for me.”
Janie Wiggins pointed to Coastal Alabama-South’s belief in her daughter’s ability that played a big part in Ali Wiggins’ decision, as well.
“Ali has looked at a few different colleges and she was always in their top three or top five but Coach Delaney has been watching her since she was in 10th grade and has believed in her this whole time,” Janie Wiggins said. “I think that goes a long way with Ali. She knows that she believes her. She knows that she has to come in and still work hard but that she doesn’t have to prove herself because (Delaney) knows what she’s capable of.”
Ali Wiggins echoed her mother’s sentiment about the coaching staff.
“What really made me make the final decision was the fact that Coach Delaney and (her staff) believed in me the most of any schools that were looking at me,” Ali Wiggins said. “They believed in my talent more than anyone else.”
Ali Wiggins’ sister, Alex, is currently a member of the Alabama State volleyball team but before going to ASU she played for junior college Wallace State-Hanceville. According to Ali Wiggins, her sister recommended going to junior college before taking the next step to Division-I play.
“She said it wasn’t such a big step up from high school as going from high school to (Division I),” Ali Wiggins said.
Bonilla called Janie Wiggins her “second mother” and said that she pushed all of the Lady Cats to be their best.
“She’s been a great coach to have her work with me throughout my four years has been fantastic,” an emotional Bonilla said of her coach. “She has been everything to me; a second mom. She’s been a great mentor and I love her to death.”
Ali Wiggins agreed with her teammate about her mother.
“She really pushes me and all of my teammates to be the best that we can be,” Ali Wiggins said. “She doesn’t cut us any slack and really pushes us to be the best.”