Sulphur Bluff's Pettit looking towards collegiate volleyball
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Jan. 27, 2005 - SULPHUR BLUFF - As Ashley Pettit is wrapping up her senior basketball season, she is also trying out for another sport in college.

Pettit has six different tryouts for college volleyball teams over the remainder of the year before deciding where to attend college next year.

"Right now I am trying out for college volleyball, so as of right now I don't know where I am going to school but my back-up plan is Texas State and I will be going into pre-med and going for reconstructive surgery," Pettit said.

During the volleyball season this year, Pettit and fellow senior Jill Jaggers shared district Co-Most Valuable Player honors in their 21-3 bi-district playoff season.

Ashley currently is a member of three school clubs- BETA, FCCLA and FCA, the vice president of the Student Leadership, played on the Sulphur Bluff playoff volleyball team, a post for the Lady Bears basketball team and will be on the track team.

This season, Sulphur Bluff has two seniors on the team in Pettit and Jaggers, who was not available for an interview because she was out of town on a school function, but Pettit said Jill has been accepted to Stephen F. Austin University to major in elementary education.

Pettit and Jaggers have been friends since elementary school and have played some type of sports all of their lives. She said this season is going to be tough on the both of them when their last game wraps up.

"It is hard for me and Jill to know that our last game is arriving if we don't keep going on, and we want to end this season with a good ending. It is hard because we have gotten really close this year and in volleyball I was really upset because that is my sport," she said.

"I know that I will never see her again. After the last game we might hang out some, and it will be difficult to try and keep in mind that we might never see each other again."

Pettit said the leadership role is really a total team effort, but Pettit and Jaggers knows what their role is on the team this season.

"Jill on the court speaking out loud is the way that she likes to handle things, and me I am not an outwards person. I handle the small problems within the team, and she is the outgoing person on the court, she said.

"Jill and I will show the juniors, and we have three on the team, that we all have to be leaders on the court, and if we can build our teamwork we can show that on the court."

After a 25-5 basketball season last year and a state quarterfinal berth, this year the Lady Bears are 2-4 in district play with a key game against Avinger Friday night.

"It has been hard on me and Jill to be going from the record that we had last year and knowing that we would be going on," Pettit said. "This year we only have two district wins and knowing that if we keep working as hard as we have been we still have a chance if we win out and that is our goal right now."

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