By Ellen Graves
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Being okay isn’t good enough for Ackerman High School senior Dayna Presley. She wants to be the best in everything she does.
Presley uses this mindset especially when it comes to sports. Presley, the daughter of Randy and Marina Loper, had the honor of being selected to the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Team for volleyball.
As part of the North team, Presley was the only 2A participant selected to play in the match that was held July 10 on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton.
“It was a great experience. I got to meet a lot of new people and even learned some things. It was almost like a mini camp,” said Presley.
Not only did Presley acquire new practice techniques to take back home, but she learned the value of working with others.
“There’s so many different kinds of people out there and you learn really how to work as a team and get along with everybody,” said Presley.
Presley is not only busy with volleyball but plays softball, cheers and is in the band and color guard. However, Presley understands the importance of team and even works on her own time to improve her athletic abilities.
“On my own time, I even do some drills that I know will help myself be better and in the long run will help my team out,” said Presley.
Presley acknowledges that a lot of people and coaches have helped her become a better athlete.
“I wouldn’t say there is just one person. There’s a lot of people that have influenced me throughout my high school career especially coaches. Coach Carden was there since I was in seventh grade and she’s really helped me, along with other coaches I’ve had,” said Presley.
“She puts everything she has into whatever sport she is playing. She always gives 110% and doesn’t mind laying it all on the line,” says former Ackerman volleyball coach Amanda Carden. “The fact that she excels at each different sport she plays, says a lot about the determined and passionate athlete that she is.”
Although Presley loves to play any sport, she says softball would have to be her favorite.
“I’d have to pick softball because it’s very competitive and you can get down and go hard and do your thing,” said Presley.
The thought of playing sports on the college level has crossed Presley’s mind, and she says she is definitely considering playing softball or cheering in college. Right now, however, Presley is focused on being her best for her senior year of high school.
“I want to go out with a bang in all my sports–make it to the farthest we can in the playoffs and just work to be the best we can be as a team,” said Presley.
And as for the outcome of the All-Star volleyball match? Presley’s team won.
“I’m very competitive and I don’t like to lose,” said Presley.
If you would like to see the video of The Choctaw Plaindealer’s interview with Dayna Presley, you can search for it on YouTube under the title “Dayna Presley Interview.”
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