By Makayla Harris
Four Lady Tigers walked onto their home court for their last time on Tuesday, October 20. Jessica Veeman, Laura Walker, Faythe Harris, and Brienna Baer have been a part of the Wiggins volleyball program for four years.
Veeman has had a varsity jersey ever since her freshman year. As she walked onto her home court for one last time, she said, “Honestly, the first thing I thought about was how I have taken advantage of all the times that I have gotten to walk onto this court, how now I will never be able to get that back or ever be able to experience this again.”
Veeman helped the team with her high serving percentage and consistency in both the back row and the front. According to Veeman, winning her last home game meant a lot not just to her, but to the team. “Four years ago I walked onto that court not thinking that I could accomplish all that I have and my team has,” she said. “Winning the last home game made me realize that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and it also proved that we as a team can accomplish anything.”
Being a part of a team these last four years has helped impact Veeman’s future. She said it has helped her become more confident in herself and has shown her that having the support of others helps you reach goals that you didn’t even know you had set.
One piece of advice that Veeman has for all the underclassmen is to take every opportunity they get, to appreciate all of the little things on their journey through high school, and to make every situation as good as you can. The volleyball program is going to miss Jessica and her positive attitude toward the game next year, according to sophomore Tori Jordan.
According to her stats, Baer has been one of the best defensive players on the Tiger court for last four years and has helped the team make a comeback. According to Baer, being a part of a team for the last four years has helped her learn valuable social skills, leadership qualities, and competitiveness.
Walking onto her home court for the last time, Baer said, “It was kind of emotional just knowing that I will never play volleyball in this gym again. It’s weird. You don’t think you will miss it, then you’re just like ‘crap, I am going to miss this.’” Winning was the perfect way to say goodbye to the place that has been like a home for the last four years, said Baer.
As Baer gets ready to say goodbye, the last bit of advice she has for the underclassmen is to take it all in and really appreciate all the time they will have, not just to play sports but just to be in high school.
Walker has also been a major part of the Tigers’ success through the years by being one of the best defensively in the league. Walker walked out onto her home court for one last time feeling that, “It was a bittersweet moment. I mean, it was nice to play, but I didn’t know how to feel, knowing that I would never play on this court again.”
Winning her last home game was a dream come true, according to Walker, leaving a legacy that most Wiggins teams have not. Being a part of a successful team impacted her future because it has given her “a new look on life by how I treat and speak with others that I have to work with.”
As Walker walks off the court for one last time, the piece of advice that she has for the underclassmen is, “Don’t take for granted every game you play in. It may not be in your favor, but you are going to want to do your best no matter what.”
Harris has been the captain of the volleyball team for two years and has been in the top ranks of the league for kills and blocks for the last three years. Harris is a major part of the Lady Tigers’ success, according to Jordan. Harris she said as she walked onto her home court for her last time, she was mainly focused on the challenge of what was set in front of her.
“Being a part of this team has impacted me in a way that is has shown me great leadership skills and has given me memories that I will never forget,” said Harris. Winning the last game that she will play in on her own her was a good feeling, she said: “Any win feels good.”
According to Coach Michelle Baker, Harris has been able to inspire not just a team but a family out of the Tiger volleyball program, and she has been able to bring a good attitude that the team has learned to fall back on during rough times. Harris will be a greatly missed asset to the Wiggins volleyball program, said Baker.
As Harris signs out, her last piece of advice for the underclassmen is, “There comes a point when you have to focus on yourself. Being on a team is great, but sometimes you have to know what is going to be best for you. There are going to be people that love or hate you either way.”
Coaches Baker and Kerr wanted to let these four seniors know that they have been a great asset to have on their court and are going to be missed greatly next year. With these four leaving, they are going to have some big spots to fill.