While Qiana Canete was taking the court wearing red instead of the Copperas Cove Lady Dawg blue she’s familiar with, the game was still the same.
It may have been an all-star game, but she and her team came to win.
“I think competition is competition so I think that everyone was being competitive and had the good feelings we would have had if we were playing in a regular high school game,” Canete said.
Canete got on the floor one last time as a high school player and dominated. Her 10 kills helped the Red Team sweep the Blue Team 25-15, 25-19 and 25-19 during the inaugural Super Centex FCA Victory Bowl Volleyball Game on Saturday at Waco University High.
Canete, the game’s Most Valuable Player, was joined on the winning team by Shoemaker’s Aria Price and Belton’s Kinsey Williams. Belton head coach Stacy Meyers coached the team.
“I felt really blessed,” Canete said about the award. “There’s a lot of good girls on the Red Team and on the Blue Team there’s a lot of really good girls. I felt really blessed to get MVP.”
Canete, a University of Texas at Arlington signee, finished her career at Cove in style. She had one of the best seasons in school history. The outside hitter repeated as both the District 8-5A MVP and Killeen Daily Herald All-Area MVP.
She helped the Lady Bulldawgs go 40-8 and reach the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
For Canete, there was nothing like getting back on the court for the first time in more than six months. The game was the final one in a storied high school career that seemed to fly by.
“I didn’t even realize it was my last high school game, but I’m glad we got the win,” Canete said.
Price was an all-district first-team selection as an outside hitter/middle blocker for the Lady Grey Wolves but, for her, the biggest accomplishment was related to her team.
The Coastal Bend College signee was a part of the first Lady Grey Wolves team with a winning record since the school opened in 2000. Shoemaker was 20-19 overall last year.
For Price, the game not only gave her a chance to play one final volleyball match, but helped her make some great memories, including clinching the match with a spike in the third set.
“It took three times for us to score on game point,” Price said. “I just dumped it in the center and that was it.”
Williams, a libero, helped the Lady Tigers finish with a 24-14 record and clinch a playoff spot by finishing third in the district.