Losing is not something to which the seniors on the Dripping Springs High School volleyball team are accustomed. Over their careers, they haven’t done much of it. Their sophomore campaign ended with a third place finish, and they came up just short, finishing second in the state, their junior years.
So it was extra sweet when they were finally able to bring home the 5A Volleyball State Title in December.
“It’s something that everybody has been working so hard towards,” said head coach Michael Kane.
Kane said, after coming up short the last couple of years, this year was especially meaningful.
“I think for me, being able to reflect and see the reaction to it because it’s something they’ve been dreaming about for the last four years,” head coach Michael Kane said.
Senior Ashley Waggle said that she has made lifelong friendships with the young women on the team as well, and that sharing the experience with them was one of the highlights of her career.
“Winning state and dog piling with my teammates at the last point,” she said. “It made me feel very ecstatic because we worked really hard.”
For Waggle, that hard work has been consistent for years.
“I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in seventh grade and was on B team, then freshman year they changed my position and I was on JV,” she said. “Then Sophomore year I ended up being the starting middle on varsity all the way up through my senior year.”
That commitment to the sport has lead to her commitment to continue playing at the collegiate level for TCU after she graduates.
“Their was a lot of good memories and good coaches along the way,” Ashley said. “I’m excited to take it to the next step.”
Morgyn Greer is another DSHS senior who will play at the next level for the University of Florida.
“Winning state this year was probably the best moment of my life,” senior Morgyn Greer said. “I’m really excited to increase my volleyball game to the next step in college”
Morgyn said she was excited to play with older girls in college and is excited to improve.
“Practice doesn’t make perfect. It just makes you better,” said Morgyn. “Also being patient with the process of getting better is key.”
Kane said he’s proud of all of this seniors.
“I think Ashley and Morgyn both are two kids that have come into the program with the expectations of being excellent,” he said. “They were both very goal driven and had specific goals they wanted to achieve.”
Morgyn said that Coach Kane made a big influence on her volleyball career.
“Coach Kane is a great coach and has pushed us on and off the court,” said Morgyn. “He really pushes an emphasis in being a good person as well.”
With both Waggle and Greer moving on, Kane has to reload, but has the same expectations for the team after these seniors leave.
“A lot of people think this is just a product of this year’s senior group,” said Kane. “So our goal next year is to make sure we prove it wasn’t just a four year fluke.”
After making 18 straight years of playoffs, Kane expects to make this year his 19th.
“I know this year will be a new team but everyone has the same dream,” Kane said. “Our goal is to make it to the state tournament and once we get there we know anything can happen.”