By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston East standout volleyball player Lauren Milani made her college decision official recently, signing her National Letter of Intent to play for Division I Central Connecticut State University next fall. Milani is a three-time
By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston East standout volleyball player Lauren Milani made her college decision official recently, signing her National Letter of Intent to play for Division I Central Connecticut State University next fall.
Milani is a three-time All-State selection for the Lady Bolts and has cemented her place as one of the premier players in the state during her time at East.
Milani plans on studying exercise science in Connecticut, and is excited to test her metal against some of the nation’s best players.
“It’s really relieving to have everything set and to be going to a place that I know is a good fit for me. It was a mix of sports and academics. For sports, it’s such a competitive level of play which I know is going to challenge me and will push me a lot which is something I need. Then academically, I talked to the coach about some of the other girls that have been in the exercise science program which is what I want to do, and about how they have come out of college and have gone right into jobs in that field and have been successful. That was nice to hear,” said Milani.
Considering the ongoing pandemic, Milani has not had too much exposure to the campus. However, she has built a solid relationship with the coaching staff and has some familiarity with the team to this point.
“I visited the campus with my mom unofficially, but I do know one of the girls there that I played club with and the coaches have really kept me in the loop and told me a lot about it that has been really helpful,” said Milani, who has also been training regularly with her club team in the meantime. “Because we didn’t have a high school season, my club team was able to start a lot earlier. We have been practicing twice a week so I have been getting reps. It’s been helpful because I have been able to work with coaches from other colleges and getting their feedback.”
Milani will continue to work hard to prepare herself for the jump up to DI and will also miss the Cranston East community as she takes her next step.
“It’s definitely going to be a higher level of competition and commitment, but that is something that I am looking forward to and having those people pushing me. I really want to improve my vertical, time management will be important, too,” Milani said. “I’ll miss the relationships that I have made on the team, a few are my best friends. To be able to build those friendships and spend every day with them during those three seasons was awesome.”