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Once a Team Becomes a Family

Lady Tigers take on the year

The girls on the Volleyball team worked hard and played hard each day to stand the best chance at scoring another win.

Something in each player’s life had brought them together. “My sister played Volleyball when she was in high school, and I always wanted to follow in her footsteps,” Taylor Payne, 11, said. In the case of Alyson Hart, 10, her passion for Volleyball grew from her first exposure to the sport. “I just really liked it from the first time I ever stepped on the court,” Hart said.

Before every game, each player had something on their mind. “I feel anxious and ready to play in the game,” Sarah Hicks, 12, said.

Describing her thoughts before a game, Brooke Thomas, 10, said, “You just want to get out there and do your best.” Behind every great player was a great coach.

Coach Don Ogden said, “I have the greatest job in the world. I enjoy what I do, and it’s an honor and privilege to coach the Volleyball team. I will never forget the time and effort that they have put into becoming the best players they can be, making us the best team we could be.”

The players on the Volleyball team shared a family-like bond. “Nothing beats the feeling of playing with your sisters. I absolutely loved every game this year, win or lose,” Allison George, 12, said.

With this close bond, it was difficult every year when the seniors graduated, and moved on with their lives. “It’s really sad to think that once we graduate, we won’t play Volleyball with each other again,” Sarah Hicks, 12, said.

Through their skills and inspiration, the Volleyball girls did their best to ensure another victory for the team.