Goliad junior named 2017 MVP

Rey Castillo By Rey Castillo

Dec. 30, 2017 at 9:06 p.m.
Updated Dec. 31, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Goliad junior Amaya Brown goes for a kill during the UIL Class 3A state semifinal game against Boyd at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

Goliad junior Amaya Brown goes for a kill during the UIL Class 3A state semifinal game against Boyd at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.    Contributed photo by Steven Bones/Special to the Advocate for The Victoria Advocate

Amaya Brown had a season to remember during her junior year at Goliad.

The outside hitter helped lead the Tigerettes to their second straight UIL Class 3A state championship.

Brown also highlighted her season by being selected as the Player of the Year on the Texas Sports Writers Association's Class 3A all-state team.

Brown was a first-team pick at outside hitter after recording 502 kills, 60 blocks and 67 digs.

Has it hit you that you're a back-to-back state champion?

Not really, not yet. It still seems so surreal to have won again.

What was going through your mind when you realized you and your team had won the state championship?

That we did it. It's what we set out to do in the beginning of the season, and we finally did it. It was a fun feeling.

You still have one more season left at Goliad. What does the team have to do to bring home another state championship?

For that to happen, we'll have to work very hard like we did this year. If we do that, we can go back to state and win.

How do you prepare yourself before a match?

I focus on what our coaches tell us to do. I try my best and work hard in practice so that I can help my team.

Other than winning the state championship, what was your favorite moment from this season?

All the practices before state because it was our last time practicing together with our seniors and coaches.

What's it like to play under Goliad coach Jess Odem?

It's been a good feeling to have her as a coach. She knows what she's talking about, and she prepares us for each match and each game.

As a leader on the team, how do you look to lead your team going forward?

I want them to know not to ever freak out. I let them know they're on this team because we see something in them. I let them know that we will always be OK if we play our game.


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