High School Volleyball: Beckville Receives 2A State Championship Rings | News

CARTHAGE — It was the culmination of a historic 2021 season for the Beckville Ladycats volleyball team.

Beckville — who on Nov. 19 defeated Thrall in three sets to win the program’s second 2A state title in four years — had the state title trophy, awards and accolades and was left with only to receive the last piece of material.

This received their 2A state championship rings. The Ladycats finally got their gear and did so in a ceremony at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in front of a packed ballroom Sunday afternoon in Carthage.

“It’s an honor and everything for the girls,” Beckville coach Cherry Downs said. “They have worked hard and invested so much time, and their parents are very supportive. You can see that with the event prepared here today, it is a perfect occasion and a perfect way to celebrate the occasion.

Before receiving their rings, Beckville players and coaches signed autographs for those in attendance and watched a player highlights video talking about the past season.

Downs – who also led Beckville to their previous 2A state title in 2018 – then spoke about the team after Superintendent Devin Tate presented the players, managers and coaches with their rings.

Lone senior and captain Kinsley Rivers said the day couldn’t have gone better.

“I’m really grateful for today,” Rivers said. “I couldn’t do this without my teammates and they’ve been a big part of it all and everyone here has been supporting us. It’s really special for all of us to come together and celebrate all the good things that have happened. produced this season.

This season was a memorable run for the Ladycats, who finished with an overall record of 47-3, including a perfect 10-0 run in district play without dropping a single set.

In Beckville’s seven postseason games, they have dropped just one set en route to the 2A title.

The Ladycats haven’t lost a single match in five sets during the season, with all three losses coming in tournaments.

After receiving the rings, players couldn’t believe the size.

“It’s a lot bigger than I imagined,” said junior Avery Morris. “It’s so heavy, but it’s very nice. We won so we should have a big one.

What was also significant was the long list of awards the Ladycats have won this season.

Among the greats, Morris was named 2A State Tournament Most Valuable Player, Sophie Elliott was named to the All-State All-Tournament Team, Amber Harris was named to the All-State Tournament Team all-state tournaments and Rivers was named to the all-state tournament team.

“I think our rings finalize it for us,” Elliott said. “Obviously, we’re really grateful to everyone who has done this for us, who is there for us and supporting us.”

Downs was aware of the design and layout of the rings because she helped design them. She said seeing the look on all of her players’ faces made the ceremony so interesting.

“I’m a little more involved in the process,” Downs said. “I know it’s a super exciting day for them. It’s an incredible achievement what these girls have done. That’s why you go to work and I like sports and children. The dynamism of myself and the team has brought us to this day.

The ceremony was closed by none other than Rivers, who was Downs’ only remaining player from 2018 who also won it all.

Rivers delivered a heartfelt speech that brought tears to not only her, but those in attendance as well.

“This year has been like a dream,” Rivers said. “Honestly, it’s hard to put it all into words, it’s just really special. I’m really grateful to be playing this normal year since COVID, and I’m very lucky to have two rings now.

Seeing Rivers deliver such a heartfelt speech where she thanked her family, community, student chapter, coaches, managers and teammates was not easy for her former teammates.

“It was a lot to take in,” said Morris, who is also close friends with Rivers. “I will miss her next year and it will be hard not to have her.”

Rivers ended her volleyball career – which began at age 8 – by winning a state title and being named 2A player of the year.

She bestowed leadership on a team full of underclass students that was second to none and even let the Ladycats strive to match her.

“Just seeing two rings on her hand makes me want to have two rings on my hand by next year,” Elliott said. “We want to be back here next year.”

Downs will return for his 11th season as head coach of the Ladycats, and all players except Rivers will return from this year’s state championship team.

As for expecting a ring ceremony to return around this time next year, Downs is fully confident in her team taking it over.

“Without a doubt,” Downs said. “I’m super proud of the girls, proud to be their coach and we have the chance to be state champions once again in 2021.”

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