Dantzler Bonner’s love for volleyball started in the seventh grade, and now she spends as much as possible on the volleyball court, either playing for Goldsboro or with her club team.
“A lot of my friends played, and ever since middle school, it’s been something that I’ve really loved,” Bonner said. “It just pushes me to do better.”
Over the past three seasons with Bonner on the roster, the Cougars have gone 42-19. Last season the Cougars went undefeated in the regular season and won the program’s first conference championship.
The Cougars are 11-5 this season and are looking to win another conference title this season, and Bonner said the hard work she and her teammates put in has contributed to the Cougars’ success.
“I’m just really proud of my teammates here, and we’ve worked really hard to come this far,” Bonner said.
A senior, Bonner has stepped into the leadership role this season. She and the other seniors help the younger players in practice and lead them through warmups, and during games, she tries to make sure the team stays in a positive mindset.
Bonner is unsure where she’ll attend college once she graduates from high school at the end of the school year, but wherever Bonner ends up going, she plans to major in mechanical engineering.