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October 18, 2013

Stillwater volleyball back at state thanks to seniors


PERKINS, Okla. —

“And I think since we’re all different, we all bring something different to the table and we just go together well,” Carpenter said.

Even off the court they can’t help but to finish each other’s sentences. That’s how in tune they are to each other.

Like any good band, sharing time in the spotlight can be tough. The guitarist or drummer might want a solo, or the bassist might feel like an outcast and turn away from the group.

But somehow they make it work — not only sharing the spotlight amongst themselves, but the roadies and electricians that come in the form of the juniors and seniors.

“This is probably the closes that our team has been and the best that we’ve worked as a unit,” Carpenter said.

“The school that I was at before, I was on varsity, but it never felt like a family,” Ireton said. “It felt like a family, but not like it is now. I have three new sisters I can look to and know that they want the same thing. It’s a lot better.”

And that same thing? A state championship — something that Webber said didn’t even cross his mind six years ago when he first met some of the now seniors.

“I looked back at a couple of these young ladies in the ninth grade and I asked myself, ‘Will these girls ever be able to play varsity level volleyball?’” Webber said. “To see them rise up and shine in the last year and last nine months has been fantastic. It’s why I do my job, to see them grow and to see those light bulb moments where they get that much more experience playing the game and that much more calm and poised under fire.”

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