Despite the circumstances, Madison Wasiak remains grateful for the opportunity.
After being selected to play in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl volleyball match, the recent Copperas Cove graduate immediately began looking forward to the event.
In addition to the match itself, Wasiak knew she would get to take part in community service projects and anxiously anticipated the fun and fellowship leading up to Saturday’s first serve at 12:30 p.m. inside Waco University’s gymnasium.
Most importantly, however, she was eager to share the moment with Lady Bulldawgs’ teammate Chyanne Chapman.
But fate simply will not allow it.
“She’s got strep throat,” Wasiak said. “The doctor said she is just too contagious, and she shouldn’t go.
“I’m really disappointed, because that was one of the things I was really excited about — getting that one last chance to play with one of my best friends.”
Nevertheless, the 8-6A All-District Defensive Player of the Year intends to relish her Victory Bowl experience.
“I want to make the most out of this that I can,” said Wasiak, who decided she will not play volleyball at the collegiate level, “because I’m only going to get to do something like this once. I’m going to take it all in.”
The final match of Wasiak’s competitive career will cap off an impressive senior season.
En route to being named all-district and all-area defensive player of the year, Wasiak recorded 807 digs, successfully received 929 serves and broke the school record with a 62-dig performance against Belton.
Although Wasiak will be the lone Lady Bulldawgs player on the court, she is not the only Copperas Cove representative.
The Victory Bowl football game is set to kickoff Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium, and two Bulldawgs standouts will suit up for the Red team.
Defensive back Blair Fraser and linebacker Tyson Curry will each conclude their high school careers in the game, and longtime Copperas Cove head coach Jack Welch believes they are ideal selections.
“These two kids are just competitors,” he said. “They play hard, they play to win, and I think they’ll go after this game just like they would any other — with their very best efforts.
“These guys are the examples of everything you want at the Victory Bowl, because they represent everything that should be represented in sports.”
Curry and Fraser led the Bulldawgs in tackles last season with 56 and 34, respectively. Curry, who is committed to play at Cisco, also posted a team-high with 10 tackles for a loss.
While Curry still has games left to play beyond the Victory Bowl, Wasiak understands this will be her final contest.
And she is grateful for the opportunity.
“This is the last hurrah,” Wasiak said. “It’s going to be difficult to say goodbye to a sport that I love, because I’ve dedicated so much time to it, and after doing it so often, it has become a part of me.
“But finishing my career at an all-star game is the perfect way to go out.”