by By Norv and Mary Coblentz · December 06, 2012
The West Liberty volleyball team celebrated its season with an awards banquet at the high school Nov. 16.
First-year coach Melissa Brockway thanked several people who helped make her first season a success. “Many thanks to the parents for their tireless belief in their daughters, to James Laughlin and the administration for supporting the team and team’s needs at every turn, to our managers, to our volunteer coach Veronica Rivera, to Kelly Morrison for scouting when we needed it, and to assistant coach Brittney Boffeli for making the transition here so easy and for always approaching practice with tough love,” Brockway said.
“Your success as a volleyball player was established long ago,” Brockway said. “It was established when you first started serving against the garage and setting to yourself on the floor of the living room. It was established when your awkward 13-year-old self pulled on a pair of kneepads that were probably bigger than your head. It was established when you decided you wanted to be great, and when you decided you wanted the people around you to be great. It was established when you stayed after practice for passing reps and when you fought through exhaustion and tight hamstrings to attend another day of training. It was established when you became as competitive in practice as you were in a game, when you looked at your strengths and credited your hard work, when you looked at your wins and credited your teammates, and when you looked at your weaknesses and grinned at the challenge. Your success as a volleyball player was established the moment a little girl at camp or a little girl in the stands said, ‘I wanna be like HER.’”
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