Piece of Cake: STM's Allison to continue volleyball career at Auburn

Piece of Cake: STM's Allison to continue volleyball career at Auburn

CHAMPAIGN — The two cookie cakes sitting on the table in front of Mica Allison fit the occasion.

"War," was written in white frosting on one, with "Eagle," also spelled out in white frosting, donning the other one.

For Allison, the moment of actually signing with Auburn volleyball was a long time coming.

"This is very exciting," Allison said. "I've waited two years for this. It's surreal that it actually happened."

The St. Thomas More senior committed to the Tigers during her sophomore year and stayed true to that pledge throughout the rest of her high school career.

A high-school career that will end this Saturday, but will do so on the state's biggest stage.

Allison and the rest of her STM teammates — who were quick to join in on the two cookie cakes and pose for numerous photos taken in the moments after Allison signed with Auburn — play at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in a Class 2A state semifinal against Elgin Harvest Christian Academy at Redbird Arena in Normal.But on Wednesday afternoon, before STM conducted its final practice in its home gymnasium this season, it was a chance to celebrate Allison's college choice.

"When I committed, I knew that was it going to take forever (to sign)," Allison said. "It was such a long process, but it's finally here. At the time, my parents did ask me, 'Are you sure this is what you want to do? You're pretty young.'

"But going through high school and club volleyball, I know that Auburn is the one. I never had any doubt about going there or second thoughts about if I wanted to go somewhere else."

Allison leads STM (37-3) with 308 kills and is second on the team with 377 assists going into Friday's match. It's the first time STM has reached the state tournament in school history.

"My team is a huge part of everything that's happening right now," Allison said. "It's cool going into state that everything is done and official."

Before she put pen to paper and signed her letter of intent with her parents, Kim and Barry Allison sitting beside her, Mica Allison worked on making sure her penmanship was up to par with teammate Lucy Lux-Rulon.

"I did actually practice signing my name," Mica said with a laugh. "We were sitting there practicing, and she was critiquing me on how it looked, but I was too nervous to even think about how we were doing it when I actually signed."