DOUGLASS, Kan.—It wasn't very long after the start of Shaeli Munroe's freshman year in volleyball that she had to learn how to separate her coach and her mom.
Although Munroe's parents have always actively helped her enhance her skills as a volleyball player, being the coach's daughter proved to be a positive experience.
Three years later as a Douglass middle hitter, the senior holds many honors including a spot on the 3A state all-tournament team as a middle hitter, Central Plains League first team middle hitter, and the all-tournament team for the both the Clearwater and Douglass Invitational.
Other than bringing amazing hitting skills to the court, Munroe always brings a positive attitude and knowledge of the game.
"Whenever someone needs help, (Munroe) is very supportive,” said manager Alicia Dunagon said. “Even if it's not the position she plays, she's always willing to give out tips.”
With an already good team, Munroe hopes her team will become more consistent on blocking and have a great year.
Although being involved in school volleyball for the past six years and Club Feist volleyball for five years, the student athlete also finds time to do other activities. She's an active member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions and the 2012-2013 president of the Kansas Association of Youth at Douglass. Not only does she participate in choir, she also has a role in the fall musical.
Once spring rolls around, she will be spotted on the softball field.
Setting high, but not unreachable goals, Munroe hopes to make the all-tournament team at all the Lady Bulldogs’ tournaments this year, make the CPL all-league team, advance to state and make the state all-tournament team. Despite the fact she's undecided about where she's going to college, she plans to play volleyball and hopefully earn some scholarships for it.
To see more of the Douglass High School volleyball ladies in action, Douglass will be hosting Pretty Prairie and Hutchison Central Christian High Schools on Tuesday, September 11th at 5:00pm at the Douglass sports complex.