Growing up as a track athlete, Tess Reynolds couldn't envision what transpired Wednesday.
Yet there she sat, the Grovetown standout signing a volleyball scholarship with Grambling State.
Reynolds was a sprinter, running in events like the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay. But when she started at Grovetown, she tried out for the junior varsity volleyball team after watching her friend, Cara Henley, play. Reynolds earned a spot on the JV squad and played her final three years on varsity.
While she continued to run track her first three seasons at Grovetown, she began focusing more on volleyball, playing club volleyball during her prep career. This past season, she helped lead Grovetown to the second round of the state playoffs. The middle blocker/middle hitter was named the Region 3-AAAAAA Player of the Year.
With all her hard work, she earned a Division I scholarship.
"There's only four percent of girls who get volleyball scholarships," she said. "If you would have seen me play way back then, I was really bad. Track was above volleyball. Once I learned how to play the game, it got above track. I fell in love with it."
Reynolds said her father, Sean, videotaped her games and made clips. They sent highlights to different coaches. Grambling State coach Demetria Keys-Johnson got back with the Reynolds family immediately.
"She said she loved my excitement, my drive to be on the court," Reynolds said. "She said was definitely interested, liked my style of play."
After a phone conversation, Reynolds was offered a scholarship. She took a visit to the northern Louisiana school in March and left impressed. As soon as she arrived, she committed to the school.
At Grambling State, Reynolds said she plans to enroll early for summer school to get ahead. She added she plans to major in criminal justice and become an FBI agent.
"My dad's a police officer and one of my cousins does something with special intelligence, something secretive," said Reynolds, who watches shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Law and Order. "I've always wanted to do that job since I was little. I want to be like my dad. I'm a Daddy's Girl."