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Taking one for the team took on a whole new meaning for senior Anna Holmes and the Wagoner volleyball team in the recently completed season. Before the season started Anna was slated to be the Lady Bulldogs setter. It was a role she looked forward to and had worked hard on during the summer, even enlisting the help of last year’s setter, Megan Hawkins, to work with her. But like everything else in 2020, Covid-19 entered the picture as coach Zack Ange tells the story.
 
“Right before the season started, Anna got on the Covid list and she was out for two weeks. When she came back we were playing pretty well so I decided the best move for the team was to put her at libero and she accepted that role better than a lot of kids would have.  But that’s the kind of person she is. We lost a lot of seniors this year and seniors like Anna really stepped up and filled the roles. She’s a talented player and did an amazing job, making all-conference at libero.”
 
Anna takes up the story from there. “It’s been a tough year. When I found out I was having to quarantine and miss the first nine games or so, I was very upset. And when coach said I would have to move to libero it hit hard, but I knew that was what the team needed,” said Holmes who also plays soccer and is in the Spanish and science clubs as well as the National Honor Society, student council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
 
Holmes is also very active in her church and says her faith and the encouragement of her parents helped her get through the frustration of the quarantine period. “My parents were a big help when I was upset during quarantine knowing I was missing those first games of my senior year. They were there to tell me God has a plan and there’s a reason why this happened.”
 
Despite her disappointment in changing roles, Anna continued to be a strong leader for the team. “I think a good leader has to be a good communicator, not in a rude way, but to be able to point out what someone is doing wrong and how to fix it and also to lift them up both on and off the court.”
 
Holmes notes that even though things didn’t go as planned for her, being a good teammate was important to her. “Going into the season thinking you were going to do one thing and then doing something else was really hard and there were times I really missed playing setter. But I knew that what I was doing was the right thing for the team.”

Anna says she’s leaning towards attending Northeastern State next year to get a degree in math education and a minor in Spanish.

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