Growing up, watching people play volleyball, Sara Daughtry knew she wanted to be on the court playing volleyball one day.
Daughtry started playing volleyball at eight years old, and since then, she hoped that if she kept working on her craft, she could be a starter on a varsity team.
And through hard and work perseverance, Daughtry improved and made varsity at Princeton High School as a freshman. She has consistently made strides throughout her career and is this week’s Female Athlete of the Week.
“I knew I wanted to play volleyball from the start,” Daughtry said. “Volleyball is an escape from the hard school days and everything, I can just go and play and forget about everything else.”
One of five seniors on the roster this year, Daughtry contributed right away as a freshman, and she has gotten more and more comfortable as her career has progressed.
In 140 sets played, she has 299 kills, 101 aces, 78 blocks and 30 digs. With Daughtry on the roster, the Bulldogs built up a 58-19 record and have won the Carolina 1A Conference the past two seasons.
“As a senior, it was important to step up and be a leader,” Daughtry said.
Daughtry said she was nervous when she started playing high school volleyball because she often found herself playing alongside older teammates and against more seasoned opponents.
She quickly learned how to handle her role, and she established herself as a steady and dependable option.
In volleyball, she prides herself on her ability to slam down a kill or block a shot. Against Union in November, she spiked down 13 kills, and in a great team win days before Thanksgiving, the 1A Bulldogs toppled 3A Hunt.
“It’s great everyone here is so tight-knit and we always win, so that’s always fun,” Daughtry said.
Daughtry’s confidence has naturally increased the more she has played, she has always trusted her abilities, and the way Daughtry balances having fun and bringing competitive energy is contagious for everyone on the team.
She said the next step for her is to continue to show and develop that increased confidence, and she believes she is fully capable of doing so.
Daughtry, who plans on attending Pitt Community College next fall, said her Princeton teammates have helped her understand that she is capable of being a decisive player on the court, and she will work hard at Pitt CC to keep that mindset and turn it into concrete results.
“Right now, I’m committed to Pitt CC to be a setter, and I’m majoring to be an X-ray technician,” Daughtry said.