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MHS TIGER INSIDER: A Team Above All, Above All a Team

 IMAGE: Marana High School Tiger Mascot. By Charlotte Perkins. [Contributor to the TIGER INSIDER MHS Journalism publication]

The word team can mean family in some athlete's language. There always will be ups and downs, but teammates always will inspire each other to be better individually and as a team.

“I’m so loud. I have so much energy. I scream for everyone all the time. When someone does something really good, I just scream and say ‘Let’s go!’" said junior Joell Whitley.

When it comes to all the team members, the coach could easily be considered the most important one. Coaches are the head of the team while the players are the well-played "machine."

“She’s like a motivational person. She just inspires us to be better, and basically tells us that we came from the bottom. Our program for four years was really awful, but now we’re playing teams like Salpointe [Catholic High School] and actually having a chance [of] beating them. She just tells us to grind through it and prove everyone wrong,'' said Whitley.

“I try to make sure they are prepared for whatever they are facing first. Preparation is key. And then, I just express how much I believe in them as a whole team and individually. They are such good athletes and fun people. They work really hard in the gym, and that is the most inspiring thing. I tell them to play Marana volleyball and they go out and do it,” said Coach Jenifer Ball.

Playing on Varsity is so much more than a title. There is the blood, sweat and tears that were put in to fight for a position on Varsity, but still, they pushed each other to be better as a whole.

“There were a lot of girls who tried out this year, so all of us fought for our position on the team. All of us are trying to make each other better for our team together. It’s not an individual thing that makes me want to be better for my team and not just for myself,” said Whitley.

The Marana volleyball team is made up of a lot of fun and interesting people who show a great amount of resilience, talent and work ethic.

“[We have] tough, smart, resilient and super talented [players]. We have worked really hard these last four years. All of these girls have fought so hard to be on Varsity. They believe in what [we’re] building here at Marana and they show that belief everyday in practice,” concluded Coach Ball.