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Karli Thornton signs with Frank Phillips College

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Lubbock Titans volleyball stand-out Karli Thornton Lubbock Titans volleyball stand-out Karli Thornton

Lubbock Titans volleyball stand-out Karli Thornton signed to play junior college volleyball with Frank Phillips College on Friday afternoon.

Thornton held her signing at the Highland Baptist Church gymnasium in front of many friends, family, teammates and supporters. Before she signed her letter of intent, Thornton called all of her teammates, from all sports, to stand with her as she signed.

"Every second of playing with them has helped me get to where I am today," Thornton said.

Thornton turned down offers from Pepperdine, Tulane, Trinity University and others.

"I really like the coach (at Frank Phillips, Phooey Yang)," Thornton said. "I trust her and trust that she'll make me a better player."

Thornton is excited not only to play volleyball at the next level, but also to represent the Titans in a sport other than the National Champion basketball team.

"I really think it will help our volleyball program step up to the next level because basketball's been having all the fun signing everybody," Thornton said. " I hope maybe sometime in our volleyball near future we may win the national championship."

Thornton becomes the first Lubbock Titan to receive a volleyball scholarship in the history of the program.

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