2013-11-02 / The Bullhorn

Bulldog volleyball seniors display 'strong leadership'

By Hannah Lunsford

Pictured are Roxboro Community School senior volleyball players Mackenzie Boston (left) and Rachel Jones. Pictured are Roxboro Community School senior volleyball players Mackenzie Boston (left) and Rachel Jones. Roxboro Community School (RCS) seniors Mackenzie Boston’s and Rachel Jones’ high school volleyball careers are coming to a close. The Bulldogs ended their season with a record of 19 and eight and made it to the third round of the state playoffs.

Jones said, “This season has been extraordinary; definitely one for the books. I think this has been by far my best year of high school volleyball. We have really grown as a team and we have learned to work together and achieved so much. I have a special bond with each of my teammates; they are more like sisters to me.

“My family and friends have also supported me this year; my parents have attended most of my games, home and away. No matter where life takes me or what college I attend, I plan to keep in contact with my teammates and hopefully come back and watch them play next year,” said Jones.

Boston described being a senior as bittersweet.

“This season has by far been the best season of volleyball that I’ve ever played. There was no drama on the team; no major injuries, and we’ve had a great record. We really play together as a team, and that’s something that is so important in volleyball. It’s absolutely impossible to be a successful team if you all hate each other and that certainly wasn’t the case this season. I love every one of these girls with my whole heart, and the memories that we’ve made are memories that I’ll take with me to college next year,” said Boston.

She continued, “My team provided me with all of the memories, laughs, smiles, and tears that my heart could hold. I know that no matter what, we’ll always be a family. [Volleyball] coach Meagan [Tatum,] Coach of the Year for two years running, is honestly the best coach I’ve ever had. She’s more than a coach to all of us; she’s a friend and that’s something that doesn’t happen very often. She’s really helped me grow into my libero position, teaching me the basics and then working with me to perfect my defensive skills.”

Tatum has been coaching the Bulldogs for the last two seasons and said that she couldn’t have asked for a better group of wonderful young ladies.

“Mackenzie and Rachel are my only two seniors and I am so grateful to have been able to work with them. They have very strong leadership and the girls really look up to them both on the court and off. Since last year I have not only seen their physical skills improve, but also their understanding of the game.”

She continued, “Mackenzie is one of the best -- if not the best -- liberos in the conference. She has unbelievable control and really owns her space behind the 10 feet. Rachel’s strength is literally her strength. She has come so far in her ability to control her unbelievable power and has made a huge impact.”

The entire RCS family has expressed pride in the volleyball team and its 19-8 season this year.

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