Allie Smith had waited a couple of months before she put her pen to paper on Friday.

Pace's senior middle hitter on its volleyball team signed a scholarship to play next season a Brenau University, which is located just north of Atlanta in Gainesville, Ga.

"I made my decision at the end of August," Smith said. "I am so excited today and ready to get started.

"I know the hard work I have put in paid off and now I want to go and do the same at Brenau."

Smith entertained offers from schools like Montavello, Loyolla in New Orleans, and Stetson just to name a few, but there was something very special to the Pace senior in Gainesville.

"When I went there the hospitality of the coach and team and awesome," Smith said. "It is a small school and feels like family, which is something I like."

This past season the Golden Tigers went 8-8 in the Southern States Athletic Conference and 20-11 overall.

Smith has a goal of helping Brenau make its mark in the NAIA.

"I want to bring my A game and help the team go on to the conference and play the best that I can," Smith said. "That is all the coaches at Brenau have asked of me and expect me to do when the season starts.

Pace head volleyball coach Mark Gough knows Brenau is getting a very tough competitor on the floor.

"Allie definitely earned this with all her hard work here at Pace," Gough said. "She is a dedicated worker during the season as well as the off-season.

"A testament to her toughness is when she played three weeks with a fractured thumb."

Those qualities Gough referred to is what sold Brenau University coach Jeff White and his staff.

"She is an amazing person with some amazing qualities," White said. "We are excited about her joining the Golden Tigers squad and play in Atlanta."