In her words: Waddell thanks teammates, coaches

Reagan Waddell celebrates a point with Kara Overholt during her freshman year.

Editor’s note: In the wake of reaching her 1,000th career kill last week, Polk County senior Reagan Waddell asked to share some thoughts and words of thanks. Due to technical issues, we were unable to post her thoughts with the story on her 1,000 kills, so we’re doing so today.

I never thought as a a nervous freshman playing at the varsity level, I would be able to say that I’ve achieved 1,000 digs and now 1,000 kills. I decided after an encouraging year as a sophomore that I wanted that 1000th kill my senior year. I look back as a Wolverine and know that I am both thankful and blessed to have played with such talented players that made this goal a reality. Without Kara Overholt, Savannah Ross, Sydney Waldman and my fellow “triple threat” Lauren Ketwitz, I would never have had the opportunity to achieve this goal. I have played with Lauren since middle school and our respect for each other as teammates and how she automatically knows where I like the ball is one of the reasons I have been so successful.

Of course, there is another teammate who makes both Lauren and I look great, the first player of our “triple threat” combo, libero Kendall Hall. From the age of 12, Kendall and I have been teammates in travel and school ball. We can read each other like a book and complement each other so well on the court. We made each other better and that’s the best quality of a great teammate. In a team sport, no individual record is truly individual. There is no kill without a good set and no good set without a great dig.

Volleyball in our area is all about family and the pride of being a Wolverine. I am so blessed to continue to receive encouragment from past coaches like Donna Russell, who refs many of our games, to Tiffany Lowrance, who I see multiple times through the season as West Henderson’s head coach. Coach Alm and Coach Hall have always encouraged my leadership. And then there are two of my biggest fans, Coach Corhn and Papa Corhn, who are shouting encouragements from the stands at almost every game.

Coach Hill has brought me from an intimidated freshman to a confident competitor. She is a fantastic coach and has pushed me to be my best. That’s what great coaches do.