Volleyball season is right around the corner! The Austin area is full of very talented young stars and many teams have their sights on making a deep playoff run. One of those teams is Cedar Park High School and lead Middle Blocker Avery Cole. Cole is ready for a breakout season so VYPE caught up with Cole for the VYPE 411.
VYPE: How long have you been playing volleyball and how did you get your start?
Cole: I have been playing volleyball since 3rd grade. I got my start playing volleyball with some friends at the YMCA, and from there I knew I was in love with this sport. This will be my last year playing Club and High School Volleyball. I'm so excited to be playing for Austin Skyline Juniors on 18 Royal this year. My HS program is going to look a lot different this year, but I'm looking forward to being a Senior and rolling with the punches.
VYPE. Go-to pregame meal? Routine?
Cole: I really never thought about that until now. A routine of mine is when I'm warming up my arms. I always do the same number of throws and hits. I count the numbers in my head and keep track as I go. This allows me to focus on counting my reps and not overthink if I made a mistake or if we are going to play against a really good team.
HOUSTON – "Just cancel sports."
It is an impactful statement. It's something people are throwing around right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With school districts opting to start the year online only, others are pushing forward with in-person learning, high school sports have been left in limbo for some districts.
But to just come out and say "cancel sports" has a bigger impact than some would think.
When you say those words to a high school student, or coach – who at one point was that 16-year-old kid playing the game they love – you are doing more damage than just canceling a game or a practice.
It is canceling hope. Canceling dreams. Canceling a potential lifesaving or life-altering opportunity. For some, being a part of high school sports can alter the trajectory of their life.