Brianna Crouch selected to 10th Region Volleyball Hall of Fame

    Brianna Couch was recently inducted into the 10th Region Volleyball Hall of Fame. She is the first Ladycat to receive this honor as selected by the regions coaches.  She started off her high school career as a freshman playing setter for the varsity team for Coach Daryl McLean.
    When asked about being the first Ladycat inducted, she said, “It is such an honor. When I heard the news, I couldn’t stop smiling. All of the bruises, early mornings, sweat and tears paid off. “ Couch became a major player for the Pendleton County program and was always near the net and a ball.  She noted that without family support, this wouldn’t have been possible. “ I want to thank my mom for being my biggest fan, my motivator. Both mom and dad made it to every single game, paid for all of my club volleyball, and drove me to my tournaments.”
    Crouch discussed how important volleyball was to her as a player and that it was more than just a sport she was passionate about. As well as excelling in the game   she   said   it   helped
her develop  strong  lifelong relationships,  “ My three best friends, Mackenzie Horn, Sarah Schlueter, and Jennifer Owen,  who were the best teammates a girl could ask for and for the countless memories we made along the way. “
    She went on to play in 245 games as a Ladycat on the jv and varsity levels, lettering all four years and graduating in 2012, holding team records for assists, aces, and serving percentage of 95%. Throughout her career, she was recognized being selected Most Valuable Player her Junior season, and she received the United States Marine Distinguished Athlete Award.
    Playing the setter position helps determine the movement of other players during the game. Knowing your coach and your teammates well strengthens your abilities on the court. Her coaches expected a lot out of her in this position.  “ I was expected to be a leader and set an example for my teammates. I feel that I was able to work with the junior varsity and freshman teams to help them enhance their skills and challenge them to reach their full potential. “
    Crouch was on the first team to win a district, a major milestone for the program, and felt the importance of working with the younger players. “I challenged the upcoming players to win another district title and add to our banner we worked so hard to achieve.”
    She said that volleyball not only helped her to develop friendships, but also that being from a small town and school, you could still achieve what you set your mind to do.  “I continue to push myself outside of my comfort zone every day because there is nothing more rewarding than reaching your goals.”
    Crouch was the first Ladycat player recruited to play by a college with Thomas More seeking her talented abilities. Crouch expected to be successful as her 2012 Ladycat team holds the most wins by a Pendleton County team going 20-10.  “Coach Laura Buck and I were able to read each other well especially when it came to serving. A quick signal from her and I knew exactly which zone to serve to.”  A player develops that relationship with her coach it is a bond of trust,  “When we were down, Coach Buck and I could look at each other, and I’d know to slow things down so we could pick ourselves back up.”   
    She finished her career as a Ladycat with 175 kills, 408 digs, 241 aces, and 1032 assists, a stellar career for a player whose team her freshman year went 5-21. She was quick to give praise to her coaches,  “I want to thank Laura Buck and Daryl Mclean for coaching me and pushing me to my full potential. I wouldn’t be in this position today without the support of each of you. Thank you all for believing me and being my biggest fans.” When asked to comment on Crouch’s induction, Coach Buck smiles and replied,  “Brianna was a great player to have on the team. I really enjoyed coaching her and having her as a player to build a foundation for the program around. “
    When asked of her favorite memory from her career Crouch responded,  “My favorite memory was being on the first team, and only one so far, to win the district title. Being an underdog team that came back and won--it all was an adrenaline rush I can’t describe. “
    The Class of 2018 will be inducted into the hall of Fame at a banquet on December 2 held at Robertson County High School.