By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
Amy Rosenbaum says she's humbled when she hears the things people say about her.
Another example of such statements came minutes after she signed with Baylor on Wednesday.
"She's what you want your players to be, and so she's the standard now that everybody else has to rise to," said Copperas Cove volleyball coach Cari Lowery, who told those in attendance for the signing ceremony that her first experiences with Rosenbaum was meeting a young girl who wanted to be a future Copperette and not the all-state volleyball player she became.
There's also the pressure of having to live up to those words.
But then there's the good part.
Part of the crowd included junior high school volleyball players, many who look up to Rosenbaum and her teammates.
"That is so awesome - I think that's my favorite part of volleyball, really," said Rosenbaum, who was named the District 12-5A most valuable player earlier this week. "Just knowing that someone wants to do what you've done with your life."
Rosenbaum will graduate in December and head to Baylor, but she leaves behind quite a resume.
She set a school record with 1,308 assists this season, adding 116 aces, 123 kills, 295 digs and 149 blocks.
Rosenbaum was twice named the 12-5A Most Valuable Setter and led Cove to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
Committing back as a sophomore, Rosenbaum originally wanted to attend college far from home.
But she changed her mind because playing in Waco would allow her parents to come watch her play regularly, not to mention her faith fit with the Baptist university.
"Everything was fitting together," she said. "And I look good in green."
Despite all the hugs and pictures taken Wednesday, becoming a setter at Baylor wasn't Rosenbaum's original plan growing up. She grew up as a dancer and had dreams of being on the drill team. Then older sister Ashley Rosenbaum started playing volleyball in junior high.
"I wanted to be like my big sister, and so she's the reason why I played volleyball and probably why I'm the player I am today," Amy Rosenbaum said.
Her career took a turn for the best before the 2010 season. Cove was a tall team in 2009, rolling out one 6-footer after another to the net.
Cove's height graduated except the 6-1 Rosenbaum, who had to become much more than a setter.
"It pushed her out of her comfort zone a little bit and she had to focus on things that she wasn't necessarily comfortable doing, like blocking and playing defense," Lowery said. "She's got the whole package and she's just scratched the surface of the kind of player she's going to be."
Bulldawg 3B Johnson to play for UT-Dallas
Ty Johnson couldn't pass up the chance. Not just to play college baseball, but do so right away. That's why heading to UT-Dallas was an easy choice for Copperas Cove's standout third baseman.
"Over all the other schools, that just made them shine out the best. I don't want to sit for two years and play - I want to play every year," said Johnson. "All their sports are successful and I'll have an opportunity to play as a freshman."
Johnson has the credentials to warrant the push for playing time.
The District 12-5A first teamer hit .422 for the Bulldawgs last season and was one of the area's top power threats, hitting eight home runs and driving in 27 runs.
"Ty's just a huge, impact player - a guy that teams have to prepare for," said Cove baseball coach C.J. Wilk. "He's one of the guys that when I took over his sophomore year, I told him we're going to build around you and he's done that for us."
UT-Dallas is one of the most successful teams in the Division-III American Southwest Conference, posting 10 straight winning seasons since the program began in 2002.
"This is amazing - it's like a weight being lifted off my shoulders," said Johnson, who is also one of Cove's top pitchers and plays first base. "It really didn't hit me until I was sitting right here and signing my name."