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Cat McCoy – Extraordinary On and Off the Court

November 22nd, 2013 | by Michelle
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From second grade to senior year, Cat McCoy has been digging volleyball.

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Come out for any game and you’ll surely wince as her 5-foot-7-inch body flies across the gym floor – rolling, diving, twisting and racing to save wrist-scorching kills that travel upward of 60 mph. This senior defensive specialist is so good that she’s tried out for the USA Youth National Team and recently won a national championship with her club team Texas Advantage.

If you want to know what motivates Cat, look no further than her letterman jacket, inscribed with her favorite verse from Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” It’s this strength, and the support of her family and coaches, that has enabled her to push forward and excel as a student athlete – all while maintaining a 98 average in her schoolwork and volunteering on mission trips with White’s Chapel UMC youth ministry.

“Volleyball has taught me valuable lessons about pushing through the hard times,” she says. “I’ve learned that quitting when you’re tired or frustrated is just not an option.”

While she looks forward to more championships and a spot on the University of Texas women’s volleyball team, Cat also looks back to a decade of games during which her two younger sisters, both accomplished dancers, have been cheering her on from the bleachers. “I think that’s what I’m going to miss most in college – not seeing my sisters in the stands.”

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