Gloria Burroughs goes Above and Beyond
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This year, the BMC volleyball team had a storybook season. Each one of the players was an amazing competitor, leader, and teammate which propelled the team to the Upper State Final against Saint Joseph’s Catholic School. Although the team lost the battle, one of the players stood tall among her peers.
Gloria Burroughs, a Senior on the team, has been recognized for her talent. She was selected as All-Star Player of 2015, and she was invited to take place in the North vs. South All-Star game, along with other volleyball players from around the state.
“That child has more talent in her pinky finger than she even realizes, and I had the opportunity to have her in club season, and she was an amazing athlete,” says Volleyball Coach Haleigh Horgan.
Gloria has excelled in volleyball over the past four years. When she first stepped on the court she could barely serve the ball. Over the four years, she has been given the opportunity to improve her skills and she has used her amazing athletic ability to become a great volleyball player.
“I am really excited and really proud of myself for making it this far. I’m really glad my coach and my team pushed me to the best I can be,” says Senior Gloria Burroughs.
Gloria was selected as an All-star for 1A to participate in the North vs. South game which is against the 2A team. Gloria spent the 18th through the 20th of November practicing for the game on the 21st against the other 2A players that were selected. The match was held at Erskine College and each volleyball player was given a schedule which they had to follow. The schedule directed them to what they will do throughout the day. The schedule consisted of the game times, meetings, meals, and socialization times.
“Hopefully, I can improve by working even harder and learning from other coaches and players. I would love to play in college, I play travel volleyball and talk to other coaches, so hopefully that works,” says Burroughs.
This amazing experience is not just playing and practicing the game, but also getting to know the team and helping with community service. Each of the two teams helped volunteer at different elementary schools and they also had some time to interact with their other teammates. In the end of the tournament Gloria was given a huge award. She was given the MVP of the game and brought much more to the court throughout the game. Overall, Burroughs’ success has stunned the team, and it will be difficult to fill the gap for future years.
“With Gloria leaving it does leave a big spot to fill, along with the other seniors leaving. It’s going to be challenging to replace that gap. Mostly with losing Gloria, because she is such an amazing athlete and she set the bar very high for other upcoming athletes. With all of her success, I think it really sets the pace on what we need for the future,” says Horgan.