After being crowned back-to-back State Champions on Saturday, November 2, Mansfield Lady Tiger volleyball player Kaylie Pyles signed a full scholarship to play volleyball for Henderson State University on Wednesday, November 6.
She played the position of outside hitter in high school and expects to continue that role at Henderson.
Besides volleyball, Kaylie is an active athlete in many other sports, including basketball and track, but it was volleyball that she grew to love, and realized she might have a future with outside of high school.
While extremely athletic, Kaylie still spent hours every day honing her skills on the volleyball court. She has been playing since the second grade and since then she has logged countless hours of practice. She puts in her time that is expected at the school, and would stay after practice after times if there were areas she felt she needed more improvement. Kaylie noted, "The coaches would always stay after to help me, if I felt I needed it." She also had a net set up in her yard and would practice with it in the evenings.
In the summer she played on a Junior Olympic team as well as went to a variety of camps, including the one held by Henderson. Her experience on the Junior Olympics teams helped prepare her for the tough competition she would face in the State Tournament. One thing is clear, and that is even with a talented and athletically gifted athlete, it still takes an extreme level of dedication and hours of time spent working on her skills to get to the next level.
Kaylie looked at attending several different schools, but ultimately decided that Henderson was the best fit for her. She loves volleyball and sports so much, that she wants to continue in that vein after she gets her degree from Henderson. She wants to coach. She has yet to decide what level she would like to coach at, but at Henderson she will have the time and opportunity to discover what path is best for her.
Kaylie’s success is not just her own and she wanted to thank those that helped her along the way, which includes her parents and family that supported her and came to all of her games, and her coaches, who always helped her as much as she needed. Kaylie is not only a standout volleyball player and athlete, but a fine human being that will no doubt make an impact on the world as she enters it.