Alexandria Headed to Regionals, Fueled By Coach

Alexandria, Ind.-- The Alexandria-Monroe volleyball squad is on a roll.  Winners of 16 of their last 20, the team seems unstoppable heading into their regional matchup with Madison-Grant on on Saturday. 

To those who know the program, it’s especially impressive considering what they have lost.  In June, longtime assistant and newly-minted head coach Deanna Miller died following a brain aneurysm. The team has kept their beloved coach’s memory close, adopting the motto, “Do it for D.”

Emalee Wyatt, a former player under Miller, stepped up to lead the team.  “I knew her,” said Wyatt. “I had been a part of the program for years. So, just being around all of it, I already knew how big she was to this program. How big she was to the girls. I'm trying to honor her the best I can for them."

The team wasn’t always on such a roll though. Through the first handful of games for the team, it was a struggle to put a check in the win column.  “It was pretty rough, said senior middle hitter Taylor Stinefield.  “We were like 6-9 at one point. We had a losing record the whole beginning of the season, first month and a half.  And then we kind of kicked into gear.” 

The Tigers agree that the catalyst for their season was a win against Tipton in mid-September, a game that doubled as Dianna Dedication Night.” After that was all business, including a five set win over their upcoming foe Madison-Grant.  

As the team heads to regionals, the team is confident. “We’re doing it for D.”

Contact Philip Choroser with comments and questions at philipchoroser@gmail.com.

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