“She has really determined herself to end points and to be the defender that prevents them from scoring on us,” Burns said of Murdaugh.
“She still, and always will be, a pure joy to be around.”
Setter Emily Taylor and starting hitters Breeze McLaughlin and Preziosita Crawford should all be back next year, however. About to finish her first year as a head varsity volleyball coach, Burns said she’s appreciated the support she’s gotten from the McAlester athletics department and its many coaches.
The biggest coaching lesson for Burns: “Try to be as consistent as possible.”
“I learned that it was a very good thing to always have a practice plan, and I developed a little notebook that helps me coordinate that and gives me lots of different options,” Burns said.
McAlester faces off against Tahlequah on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Tahlequah High School is at 591 Pendleton Street.
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