Aztec High School’s Madie Sims poses for a photo with Lady Tigers’ head volleyball coach Anna Strauss, lower left, her mother, Ginger Sims,
Aztec High School's Madie Sims poses for a photo with Lady Tigers' head volleyball coach Anna Strauss, lower left, her mother, Ginger Sims, upper left, and her father, Dave Sims, on Thursday at Lillywhite Gymnasium in Aztec. (Joshua Perry — The Daily Times)

AZTEC — After a solid volleyball career at Aztec High School, Madie Sims will continue playing the sport in college.

Sims has committed to play for MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif.

"I just have a lot of fun playing volleyball," she said. "Everyone involved in the volleyball program here was really helpful. I've only been playing for three years and hadn't played before that."

The 2014 Aztec High graduate led the Lady Tigers in blocks and finished second on the team in kills. Head coach Anna Strauss believes Sims' versatility on the front line as an outside hitter and middle blocker will help her in college.

"She can be outside, right side and in the middle and fill all three spots for them," Strauss said. "She has a good work ethic, is very motivated and very coachable. She's come a long way and developed into a really good player."

With Sims, Aztec made it to the 4A state tournament before losing in the first round following pool play.

Sims said she's looking forward to opportunity that MiraCosta will provide both athletically and academically as she pursues her degree in marine biology.

"They have a really good program, and it's right on the ocean," Sims said. "I've heard their professors are really awesome."

MiraCosta will restart its volleyball program in fall 2014 after it had been on hiatus since 1992.

The Spartans will play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as part of the California Community College Athletic Association.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.