KRUM — When Krum senior middle blocker Rhett Robinson first stepped onto the campus at North Texas, she knew it was where she wanted to extend her volleyball career.
For Robinson, it was the homey feel that ultimately made her decide on signing a letter of intent to play for the Mean Green.
"From the beginning, UNT was the place for me," Robinson said. "I met all the teammates I'll get the chance to share the court with, and after going to a lot of games the last couple years it felt like home."
Robinson grew up just 7 1/2 miles away from the Mean Green Volleyball Center. In her four years as a Lady Bobcat, she led the team to the Class 4A regional tournament three times and won the program's first district title, posting an overall record of 37-10 this year and a 9-1 District 9-4A mark.
The lanky senior recorded a team-high 805 kills and 400 digs this season to go with 107 total blocks and 82 aces. She was voted a Texas Girls Coaches Association all-state selection her junior year.
Robinson received an offer from UNT her sophomore year. It was her first offer, and playing on the Mean Green's club team the past few years helped in that process.
The Mean Green recently took home their first regular-season Conference USA title with a 26-2 overall record and will play as the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA tournament, beginning Friday in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
"It was a bit overwhelming having a Division I school come after me early in my high school career, but the more time I spent with the team and the coaches, I knew it was the right decision," Robinson said. "I had been close to the program for years, so I didn't even really consider any other program."
Robinson said her time as a Lady Bobcat prepared her for playing at a high level in college.
"I'm following in the footsteps of a lot of good players to come through the Krum volleyball program," Robinson said. "Being around Courtnie Roberts, who is now at Delaware playing well for them, it showed me the amount of hard work it takes to play at a high level."
Robinson expects a lot of herself when she sets foot on the court for the Mean Green next year.
"I'm hoping to make an impact on the program, but I know it's going to be a lot of hard work," Robinson said. "I know what is expected of me there."
JIMMY ISBELL can be reached at 817-781-0379 and via Twitter @Jimmy_Isbell12.