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Regan Donato In My Words

Every year, we have a senior night to honor our oldest players on the team and to wish them luck on their next chapter of life. Although our senior night isn’t for two weeks, I want to talk about each senior on our Big Spring volleyball team.

The Class of 2020 volleyball players are such a special group and here’s why: we have played together since the fifth grade. That’s almost seven years of play together. The four of us started out at the Newville Community Center, then moved up to a summer program we have called Digs 4 Kids. We eventually made it to the middle school team, high school team and now we are about to take our separate ways. Through it all, though, we have not only been teammates, but also best friends.

Anna Wilson is one of our seniors this year. Although beginning her career as a middle blocker, she has found her niche as an outside hitter. Anna is not only a fantastic hitter, but she is also a great server. Wilson is one of the most consistent servers on our team. Anna plans to attend a four year university after high school. Although unsure of a major, I know that whatever she chooses to pursue, she will excel.

Kayla Witter is the heart and soul of our back row. Kayla is our libero this year and she is always touching the ball no matter where she is on the court. Since seventh grade, Kayla knew that the back row was where she would shine the best, and she has ever since. Kayla plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania or Bloomsburg University to major in speech pathology.

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Shelby Hoffeditz is one of our amazing middle blockers. Shelby has always played middle and it is where she truly thrives. Although having an injury for the first part of our season, Hoffeditz has come back better than ever and we are happy to have her back. After high school Shelby plans to attend a four year university to major in nursing.

I am the last of our four seniors this year. I’m a setter and my volleyball journey hasn’t been as set in stone as some. I have played almost every position on the court and have finally found my place as a setter. Although I was a right side hitter for part of my senior season, and hitting is still something that I love, setting is definitely the place for me. I know I will greatly miss it. My plans after graduation are to attend Belmont University, Temple University or Saint Joseph’s University to pursue a career in the music industry.

Overall, our four seniors have had a fun and adventurous ride getting to where we are now. We know that no matter where we go or where our life takes us, we will always have each other to lean on, because our team isn’t just a team. We are a family.

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