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A dream come true (VIDEO)

Keldy  Ortiz

By Keldy Ortiz
Aug. 20, 2013 at 3:20 a.m.

Cuero senior Emmarie Johnson, middle, celebrates with her teammates during a volleyball match against Edna in Cuero. Johnson, who didn't play her freshman year, is hoping to play in college after her high school career is over.

CUERO - Playing volleyball almost didn't come true for Emmarie Johnson.

The Lady Gobblers senior didn't make it past tryouts her freshman year because she didn't prepare herself physically that summer.

As Johnson looked on from the sideline as friends played in the sport she had grown to love, the wait was over.

"Two-a-days was just hard for me," Johnson said. "I would watch them play and I said to myself, 'No, I'm not going to watch anymore.'"

Johnson trained and prepared herself to play on the varsity level.

She eventually made the team as a sophomore.

Now, in her final year as a Lady Gobbler, the goal for Johnson is to play at the collegiate level.

Though the Lady Gobblers (3-3) took a loss Tuesday night to Edna (5-3) (19-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-14, 15-9), Lady Gobblers coach Rebecca Riojas-Fryer has seen progress in the senior captain.

"I've just seen the talent in here from day one," Riojas-Fryer said. "I think this year, she's been clicking in her head ... she's a natural athlete."

After starting in junior varsity her sophomore year, Riojas-Fryer moved Johnson up to varsity in the middle of the season.

Since playing on the varsity team, Johnson has learned to expand her game working with teammates.

Missy Odom, a junior on the varsity team, has sought out advice from Johnson.

"She was there helping me and she's just been a big role model," Odom said.

Tuesday night, Johnson contributed to the team early on, completing two kills in the first game against Edna, which the Lady Gobblers took.

For Johnson, playing volleyball is fun for her.

Sshe has not decided where she will go for college, but hopes to continue the enjoyment of playing the game she fell in love with since junior high school.

Though the Lady Gobblers suffered their third defeat of the season, Johnson still has her eyes set for the team to do well for the rest of the season.

As a captain on the team, Johnson said she wants to pick her teammates to forget about tough games.

Tuesday night was one of them,

"It makes me want to be a leader even more ... and help the team even more," Johnson said.



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