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California volleyball standout commits to Auburn by painting AU logo on her African tortoise

Your hat ceremonies are weak.

Ciara Richards apparently aced the painting job on her exotic pet. And she thinks it played as much of a part in her earning a scholarship to Auburn as her 43 service aces, 24 blocks, 163 digs and 45 assists during her junior year. [Correction: 345 assists.]

After current members of Auburn’s volleyball team told her that Rick Nold and Co. really dig creative commitments, the lovely senior volleyball standout from Palm Springs High (CA) took washable blue and orange chalk paint and decorated the shell of her 8-year-old, 210-pound African desert tortoise with the Auburn University logo. She took a picture. She emailed it to Auburn. War Eagle.

The 5’9″ setter is signing her national letter of intent to play for the Tigers in two weeks and plans to major in journalism. No word on whether the tortoise (named Bo) is coming with her, or whether PETA would care.

Photo via mydesert.com.

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