By Amber Model
It’s nothing new to listen to about Marshfield Faculties Athletic Division turning out superb athletes: from soccer gamers to wrestlers, the Blue Jays coaches proceed to form, domesticate, and coach a number of the greatest athletes within the area.
However what occurs while you mix a ardour for the sport, a hardworking and pushed athlete, coaches and mentors from not simply Marshfield, however throughout the nation, and fogeys dedicated to seeing their daughter obtain her targets?
Mix these issues and also you get Mollie Thomas, a 16 “virtually 17” 12 months previous Marshfield Excessive Faculty Junior and volleyball participant whose smile lit up the room throughout her interview with the Marshfield Mail.
“I’ve performed indoor since I used to be 9 I feel, 9 or ten,” shared Thomas. “I began seashore once I was eleven, and competitively once I was twelve.”
Thomas, who began enjoying indoor volleyball at a younger age, rapidly realized her love of the game and by eleven was enjoying 12 months spherical by enjoying each indoor and seashore volleyball.
“I’ve performed membership indoor for Apex volleyball and seashore for Prime seashore. This 12 months I’m going all seashore,” shared Thomas after confirming that seashore is her favourite kind of volleyball to play.
Whereas Mollie Thomas is just a Junior, her future is vibrant. This previous week on the September 14 recreation in opposition to Republic, Mollie hit a private document for her highschool profession claiming 500 kills and 1,000 assists.
“It’s superior to have a good time, so far as private information for assists and kills she’s not there but however she is only a Junior. I see her having the ability to break that stuff,” laughed Coach Jared Olson, Head Volleyball Coach, Assistant Boy Coach and Constructing Trades instructor for Marshfield Excessive Faculty. “She’s an incredible setter, nice hitter, has a really dynamic swing. I like having her on the market on the surface as a result of she will be able to deal with quite a lot of assists and ball; she simply has a lot expertise.”
Mollie’s expertise comes from enjoying each indoor and seashore volleyball for the final a number of years.
“I’ve solely identified her on the seashore however…as an general participant (she) is difficult working, tenacious and conscious,” shared Vincent Miranda, proprietor at Prime Seashore Volleyball and Mollie’s seashore coach.
“…teaching her (with) Volleyball Seashore Ozark, has been an incredible expertise,” shared Miranda. “She is a good individual and athlete. I keep in mind my first teaching interplay together with her. I gave her one tip to do one thing that may permit her to be extra profitable…with out a blink…she carried out stated job with vigor…”
Along with racking up hits and assists throughout highschool volleyball, whereas additionally being referred to as a devoted and exhausting working participant, Mollie was invited to check out for the fab50 with Carrie Walsh-Jennings, Co-Founding father of fab50 and three time Olympic Gold medalist.
“I check out for that in November, then we simply go on tour for the P1440 tour…We’ll simply journey all winter, all around the nation, for tournaments,” defined Mollie when requested what occurs when highschool volleyball wraps up.
So, the place does a seashore volleyball participant who lives in Marshfield, Missouri observe seashore volleyball? Que the superb and supportive mother and father who not solely constructed her a regulation measurement seashore volleyball courtroom at house but additionally journey together with her 12 months spherical.
“She might be enjoying on the P1440 Juniors tour. It’ll be two weekends a month out of state, plenty of tournaments,” shared Leslie Thomas, Mollie’s mother, full-time journey companion and probably greatest fan.
“Volleyball Seashore Ozark has been nice in letting us use their amenities,” added Coach Miranda. “(That facility) permits us to coach even by means of the winter.”
And if all that isn’t thrilling sufficient for the “16, virtually 17” 12 months previous Junior, only recently Mollie gave a verbal dedication to play seashore volleyball at Florida Gulf Coast College.
“In the course of the recruiting course of I’ve talked to quite a lot of totally different coaches. However my relationship with Coach Sweat…it felt proper, it was actually enjoyable attending to know him. The second I obtained on campus, I simply knew instantly,” mirrored Mollie.
Mollie’s success and ability comes at a price. Whereas most of her buddies spend their summers on the pool, taking holidays or having sleepovers; Mollie spends quite a lot of time training.
“She misses quite a lot of issues. She doesn’t go to the lake. She misses events. She misses dances. She’s given up so much to have the ability to play at this degree,” shared Leslie Thomas, Mollie’s mother and probably, greatest fan.
“However I don’t suppose she regrets it-do you remorse it,” she asks Mollie who rapidly shakes her head NO and confirms what Leslie already is aware of. “That is her dream.”
Whereas Mollie has verbally dedicated to a college to play seashore volleyball, she nonetheless has no clue what she needs to review. “They’ve a extremely cool water college, it’s not like marine biology-its totally different, however I would look into that,” she laughed.
Whereas Mollie nonetheless has one other 12 months and a half of Excessive Faculty to complete earlier than shifting away to Florida, her mother and father and coaches are excited to see her develop in her sport. “I identical to watching my little lady play,” smiled Mollie’s dad Craig Thomas. “Wherever she’s at and wherever she’s pleased.”