Claim to Fame: Copperas Cove multi-sport athlete Destiny Henderson helped the volleyball program achieve its first undefeated run to a district championship in the fall before helping the softball team secure its first playoff berth in four seasons earlier this week.
How did it feel when you found out you made the playoffs?
“When coach first told us, I was actually in the circle getting ready to bat. I was on deck, and when she told us, I felt relief because I knew we had already done our job and everything we had to do. We were just playing to play (against Temple). It didn’t come out like we wanted it to, but we still get to go to the playoffs for the first time (since 2008).”
After being on varsity since your freshman season, what was it like to finally reach the postseason?
“It is really exciting because no one on the team has ever been to a playoff game. The seniors that graduated last year went as freshman, and now we’ve proved ourselves to everybody, and we finally get to go and show everybody what we can do. We’ve been like a game short every year that I’ve been on the team, and I’m excited that we proved ourselves and did everything we needed to do to go to playoffs.”
How do you prepare for the playoffs when nobody on the team has ever played in a postseason game?
“I just want to relax and play like I know we can. We have nothing to lose and no one expects anything out of us right now, but they should.”
Do you like being viewed as the underdog?
“Yes because a lot of people will look over you like, ‘Oh, its just Cove.’ No, its not ‘just’ Cove, it is really Cove. We are here to play, but a lot of the older teams we play don’t expect it. They don’t expect us to do good or come out from the bottom and win. It is good. People can underestimate us, and we will show them what we can really do.”
What are your expectations for the playoffs?
“To go as far as we can. We might not go to state our first year, but I’m pretty sure we can go a few rounds deep if we play the way we can and don’t ever get down on ourselves.”
How nice is it to be on such a young team and know the core will be returning for another run during your senior season?
“It definitely takes some of the pressure off because the freshman from when I was a freshmen are still here, and they are still playing. There are a lot of us that have been playing together our whole high school career and doing everything together. We play with sophomores and a freshman, too, and we know how everyone can play. We’ve played with them since little league.”
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