Womens Volleyball SMCC


FOR OVER 12 YEARS, THE
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN
COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS BEEN A MODEL OF CONSISTENCY. LED BY FORMER CONFERENCE
COACH OF THE YEAR, PAT MOONEY, THE LADY COUGARS
ARE ALWAYS AMONG THE LEAGUE’S BEST, PLAYING IN
A VERY TOUGH CONFERENCE. EVERY NIGHT, ANYBODY CAN BEAT
EVERYBODY IN THE CONFERENCE. THAT’S A CLICHÉ, BUT IT’S
TRUE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE CONFERENCE THIS YEAR. LEADING SOUTH MOUNTAIN ARE
TWO SOPHOMORES; OUTSIDE HITTER HAILEY WELCH AND
SETTER ADRIA HERIOT WHO SAYS IT TAKES A SPECIAL PLAYER
TO BE AN EFFECTIVE SETTER. I SAY LEADERSHIP #1 AND
HAVING A HIGHER VOLLEYBALL IQ THAN THE PEOPLE ON THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE NET. JUST KNOWING WHAT
TO DO AND WHEN TO DO IT. THE LADY COUGARS HAVE KNOWN WHEN
TO STEP IT UP THIS SEASON. EARLIER IN THE YEAR,
SOUTH MOUNTAIN WENT ON A NINE-GAME WINNING STREAK. LATELY THOUGH A FEW TOUGH
LOSSES AGAINST LARGER SCHOOLS HAS NOT DETERRED THEM. AS A DII SCHOOL, WE DON’T
GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECRUIT OUT-OF-STATE OR
OUT-OF-COUNTRY GIRLS, AND DI SCHOOLS HAVE THAT
OPPORTUNITY SO THEY BRING A HIGHER LEVEL OF
COMPETITION WITH THEM. OFF THE COURT, COACH
MOONEY TAKES A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE IN THEIR CLASSROOM
ACCOMPLISHMENTS. CONSISTENTLY RANKED AMONG
THE NATION’S ELITE FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, THIS
YEAR’S SQUAD IS NO EXCEPTION. THAT’S A GOAL THAT THE
GIRLS SET EACH YEAR. IT’S NOTHING MANDATORY
THAT I’VE SET. BUT, IT’S SOMETHING THAT
THEY LOOK AT AND SAY WE’RE IN CONTROL OF THIS. THAT’S WHAT ONE OF MY
PHILOSOPHIES IS “YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONTROL WHAT
YOU CAN.” HE TAKES PRIDE IN OUR ACADEMICS, FOR SURE. THAT’S HIS #1 GOAL, TO
HAVE US ALL MAINTAIN 4.0 GPAS. AND, THEN ON THE COURT, HE
IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU NO MATTER IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE OR
IF YOU ARE SUCCEEDING. HE WANTS TO SEE US GROW
AND GO ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL. ON THE COURT AND OFF,
COACH MOONEY AND HIS LADY COUGARS ARE WHERE THEY
WANT TO BE, GAINING CONTROL AS THE HEAD
TOWARDS THE PLAYOFFS. FOR INSIDE MARICOPA SPORTS, I’M
DREW WATHEY, MCTV SPORTS.

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