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Senior Spotlight: Highland Baptist's Allison Sprague

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When Highland Baptist senior volleyball player Allison Sprague puts down the ball at the end of the season, it's likely the last time she'll play volleyball.

She's enjoyed a successful career that almost never happened.

"In seventh grade, I was so nervous during tryouts, I talked a lot, and I almost didn't make the team because I couldn't shut my mouth," she said.

"I didn't know her. She had never played volleyball before, and I thought, 'Man, this girl would not stop talking the whole time. I don't know if we can deal with that all season," said HBCS coach Brigette Boudreaux. "But the coach at the middle school said,  'She is a good athlete. She played softball, and I promise if you pick her, you won't regret it.' And we didn't."

Throughout her career, Allison became one of the school's all-time great setters. This year, she broke the single-match set record twice—a record she set last season as a junior.

"I've looked up to so many people and said I want to be like 'her,' and be like 'her.' To know that I can be one of those people is really exciting and really cool, and I hope I can live up to... I hope I'm a good person to aspire to be," said Sprague.

A 4.0 student, Allison's future is not in sets and spikes, but engineering. And her coach believes that's just another place she will succeed.

"Allison exemplifies working towards excellence in everything she does," said Boudreaux.

"I'm really hard on myself, so I don't see myself as excellent or amazing all the time," Sprague added. "And sometimes, it's hard for me to believe, but to know that somebody thinks that of me is gratifying."

"It still hasn't really dawned on me that this is it because sports have been part of my life since I was little."

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