“If you’re not on the right page with each other, then it’s not going to work out,” Graber said.
DeCoursey said her and the coaching staff will do their best to try to minimize the magnitude of the match, so that players don’t get overwhelmed by the moment. Saturday will be the biggest and most important match of each and every girls’ volleyball career, but enjoying the moment instead of thinking too much will be key to success.
“We don’t want to overthink everything,” Hoover said. “We haven’t accomplished our goal which is actually winning the state championship. We don’t want to give it a big name when it’s just another match.”
The devastating loss in 2010 created a rallying cry this year “ONE Point” has turned into “ONE Community” after the tragic death of 2012 Barr-Reeve valedictorian Brandon Wagler. Wagler’s sister, Megan plays for the junior varsity. She won’t dress for the state championship match, but will be with the team as the girls will continue to honor Wagler with green ribbons in their hair during the match. This is just another symbol of the selfless, community first attitude DeCoursey’s team has embodied for the past four years.
Win or lose today, DeCoursey will look back at this team with fond memories about how this team has matured over the past couple of years as they found the rhythm and focus to make a run through the state tournament without losing the youthful exuberance that makes volleyball fun.
“They are very fun to be around,” DeCoursey said. “They make practice fun, they make games fun. So many people comment on how fun this group is to watch, because they look like they’re having fun on the floor and that is so key in volleyball. They make it enjoyable on the court and off the court and for some teams that’s difficult to find.”