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At the net with . . .
Lawrence County's Olivia Coffey

Lawrence County High's volleyball team advanced to the state tournament this year for the first time since winning a string of state titles from 1996-99. The Lady Red Devils fell in the semifinals to Deshler on Wednesday.

Junior middle hitter Olivia Coffey took time before the team left for the state tournament in Pelham for 10 questions with Daily Sports Writer Brooke Milam:

Question: Besides making the state tournament, what is something that has been special about this season?

Answer: Nobody has really been the main person this year. We all do our position, and we do it well.

Q: When you are not playing volleyball, basketball or running track, what is your favorite sport to watch?

A: Probably baseball. When I go to a baseball game, it's usually to watch my brother (Nolan Coffey) play. He's a ninth-grader.

Q: Where do you get your athletic ability and interest in sports?

A: My dad (A.J. Coffey) and my grandpa (Arnold Coffey). They both played sports for Lawrence County High. My grandfather still plays softball, and he's about 75 years old.

Q: Besides Lawrence County red and white, what is your favorite color to wear?

A: I like blue. That's also Hatton's color, and they're some of our main competition, but I like blue a lot.

Q: What takes up most of your time off the court and track?

A: It's pretty much school, sports and church. I go to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Those three things take up most all of my time.

Q: What would you say is your "hidden" talent outside of sports?

A: I like to cross-stitch, and I like scrapbooking. That's what I do in the summer.

Q: Volleyball teams are usually very spirited. Who on your team would make the best cheerleader?

A: Probably, I'd say (freshman) Chelsea Boyll. She's on the junior varsity team. She just loves to cheer during matches. When she's sitting on the sidelines, she cheers the whole time — just nonstop cheering.

Q: What movie that you have seen would you like to have starred in?

A: "Facing the Giants." It doesn't have many girls in it, but I just love the story of it and how they end up getting the victory. In that movie, you can really see the power of God.

Q: What are some nicknames you are known by?

A: Summer Wilkerson (junior teammate) calls me "5" because that's my jersey number, and some people call me "O" because it's the first letter in my name.

Q: You are part of a successful group of athletes in girls sports coming through Lawrence County right now, who have made the Northwest Regional in basketball, the state tournament in softball and now the volleyball state tournament all in one year. What's the key to all the success?

A: We all started out playing (recreation) ball when we were young, and we all played a bunch of different sports. It helps that there's a lot of us, and we've all just grown up playing together.

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