Hey y’all! This week, I wanted to talk about the Lady Cat volleyball team and their recent successes. They defeated Electra last Monday in a quick 3-0 game with set scores 25-10, 25-8, and 25-7 and became Bi-District Champions for the first time in Hawley history. On Thursday, they played Hamilton and won another 3-0 game with scores 25-20, 25-23, and an exciting 27-25 third set, claiming the Area Championship title. Being at that game was one of my most proud moments of being a Bearcat. Our student section was definitely the best it has ever been, and we had probably 40 students going crazy to cheer for our girls. We were filled with so much pride watching them, and we had the best time ever cheering our hearts out. Some of us even went home with some sore throats and headaches from yelling so loud, haha. The girls are now ranked seventh in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association State Volleyball Poll.
To get the inside scoop on the team, I decided to ask the three team captains a few questions.
I’ve noticed that the team uses the word, “relentless”, so what does that mean to you guys?
“We use the word “relentless” not just for a word to use; it’s something to remind us to keep pushing forward, to keep working hard, to keep proving people wrong, and to never go easy. Being satisfied is never a thought.” - Courtney Dillard, Sr., #9
How does it feel to be part of a history-making team, and what kind of emotions did you feel after that last game?
“It feels good knowing that all our hard work is paying off. We have built as a team through the years- emotionally and physically. We wouldn’t be where we are without our coaches and supporters. It’s unbelievable what faith can do when you add talent with it. It’s kind of a surreal experience, knowing we are making history with every game we play. It’s emotional as a team, the idea of winning, but actually making it happen and feeling it inside is an incredible feeling.” - Alison Brewer, Sr., #12
How have you seen the team grow over the last four years, and what are some important things that you guys have done to get where you are right now?
“Well, this team has grown beyond anyone’s expectations. We’ve improved skill wise immensely and that’s a big part of our success, but this year our focus is on hard work and dedication. Our team’s relentless attitude towards competition is why we’ve been so successful. But we definitely wouldn’t be where we are now without Coach Eckhoff, that’s for sure! She’s done amazing things for this program.” - Kyrah Bailey, Sr., #13
Best wishes to both our volleyball and football teams as we make our way through the playoffs, and stay tuned for more updates.
Quote of the week: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” - Kevin Durant
Have a great week!