Madison Wasiak wants to give back.
For years, Copperas Cove’s volleyball program provided instruction and nurtured her as a player, helping her develop into the 8-6A All-District Defensive Player of the Year last season as a senior.
Now, as Wasiak prepares to cap off her career at Saturday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl volleyball match, she intends to show her appreciation.
“This is a huge honor,” Wasiak said. “I have the chance to represent all the things (Copperas Cove head coach Cari Lowery) taught us. I want to show everybody what Lady Bulldawgs volleyball is all about.”
But Wasiak will not be the only Copperas Cove athlete competing this weekend.
A pair of Bulldawgs will be on the field for the Victory Bowl football game Saturday evening. Tyson Curry, a linebacker, and defensive back Blair Fraser are set to play for the Red team.
Curry recorded a team-high 56 tackles, including 48 solo and 10 for a loss, and broke up three passes in 2016, while Fraser ranked second on the team in total tackles, solo tackles and pass breakups with 34, 30 and nine, respectively.
“I’m really excited about them getting to play,” Bulldawgs head coach Jack Welch said.
“I’m really excited about the Victory Bowl, period.
“It is just an honor to be among all those different schools and kids and communities. People just get to come together in a good, family atmosphere, and it’s about sportsmanship.”
Copperas Cove was scheduled to have four representatives at the Victory Bowl, but a sudden case of strep throat is preventing volleyball standout Chyanne Chapman from taking the court.
Although Wasiak is unable to play alongside her Lady Bulldawgs teammate, she is looking forward to sharing the floor with a roster full of new faces.
“I’m really excited,” Wasiak said. “I think it is an awesome opportunity to play with a bunch of different athletes, including some we played against during the season.
“It will be different to play against some of them again and with some of them for the first time.
“But it should be really fun.”
Victory Bowl rosters are comprised entirely of recently graduated players from across Central Texas, and in the nine years since its debut, the event has grown to include four games.
The Victory Bowl baseball and softball games will be played today at 6:30 p.m. at Mary Hardin-Baylor, while the volleyball match is set to start Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Waco University. The football game will follow at 6:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.