MELISSA — Madison Rose barely led the team in kills, which was the only category she was tops for the Lady Cardinals.
But the Melissa senior was more than happy to have her worth measured in the number of victories the team piled up over her individual numbers.
“Every single person on this team had a special talent and we put them together as a great team,” Rose said. “Every day in practice, today’s the day that I would come in and say if I was wasn’t doing anything, other teams are in the gym getting better.”
Rose had 283 kills, 109 digs and 37 blocks as the Lady Cardinals finished the year 30-5, repeated as District 12-3A champions and reached the region semifinals.
“She probably doesn’t even realize just how good she is,” Melissa head coach Whitney Nelson said. “She works hard because she’s that type of kid.”
At the forefront of a roster plum with talent, Rose found herself doing a little bit of everything whether as part of the rotation or serving in the role as captain.
She helped make sure this group didn’t take a step back.
“When I’m on the court, I’m competitive. I try to be the leader,” Rose said. “Everyone did expect us to go far and we didn’t get as far as we wanted.”
She was named the District 12-3A Most Valuable Player and now has been selected as the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Volleyball Player of the Year for the 2013 season.