Bermudian Springs senior Mady Whitcomb got a surprise from her teammates, coaches and school administrators during Monday's win against West Perry.
During a break between the second and third games of the Eagles' sweep, Whitcomb was presented with a game ball signed by all of her teammates for breaking the school's career kills record.
She actually broke the record, which stood at 655 kills during a tournament in Gettysburg two days earlier and, after Thursday's match against Hanover, currently has 740 career kills. Whitcomb also has 645 career blocks, putting her four away from breaking that school record as well.
She discussed the kills record with GameTimePA.com:
Q So you weren't aware you broke the record last weekend?
A I had no clue. At the end of the year, we get a booklet that tells you what place you're in and I was in second, so I knew that. It was just one of those things that in the back of my mind I thought I'd find out at the end of the year if I made it or not.
Q When did your teammates and coaches know?
A They all knew Monday. It was a surprise to me when they took a break after we won the second game and they announced it and gave me the ball. They were really good at keeping the secret.
Q What was your reaction when that presentation happened?
A I saw (assistant coach Laura) Cook smile at me really big, and I was really confused, then she looked over at my parents and my dad grabbed his camera really quick as they announced it. I definitely felt accomplished because it was a goal of mine, but that's not the reason why I play volleyball. I play for the love of the game, but I definitely felt accomplished and was really proud of what I've done.
Q Where does this record rank among your volleyball accomplishments?
A I got team MVP my sophomore year. For me, that was a big accomplishment because I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to be that player that put everything out there and got that. So I think it ranks No. 1 or 2.
Q What's the key to being able to record so many kills?
A It's definitely a team effort; if we don't get the dig, we can't get the set and I wouldn't get a kill. I couldn't have done it without the team.
Q Did you celebrate the record at all?
A My parents bought me ice cream, so I guess that counts.
Q Are you planning to play volleyball in college?
A I'd like to. I'm looking at York, West Chester and Messiah for nursing and volleyball. They all have good nursing programs.