Bismarck, N.D. - It's not how you start but how you finish especially when your goal is another state championship. Century High School volleyball has won 7 of its first 8 matches and a big part of that strong start is senior Regan Dennis. She is the subject of this week's Sports Spotlight.
Most athletes enter a year looking to improve, but for Century Volleyball's Regan Dennis, she's just looking to repeat. All-state honors and a state championship it doesn't get much better than that.
"We always knew she had it in her. We told her as a freshman, you know what? By the time you're a sophomore or junior, we want you a six rotation kid. She'll tell you, her back row wasn't the best, at that age. And she's now the one kid that doesn't come off the court for us," said coach Sara Bohrer.
The senior outside hitter is committed to Northern State. During her recruiting period, one factor set the Wolves apart from the rest.
"The coaching, it is very strict and I like that and it just seems like a really upbeat atmosphere. I just thought Northern was a good fit for me and I'm excited for it," said Dennis.
Though Volleyball is her future now, it wasn't always such a clear choice for Dennis.
"Coming into high school I was really split between basketball and volleyball. I equally liked them a lot. Then eventually, more in my high school career, I realized volleyball was the one I wanted to choose. I love the atmosphere. It's just so positive and the energy and the game and honestly you're always screaming and so excited. It's just really high energy and fun," said Dennis.
Dennis headlines a Patriots squad primarily made up of seniors. Many of them playing together for seven years now, they've helped each other grow as athletes.
"She definitely helps me and I feel like I help her. And it's so cool to be seniors and be seniors together and she's definitely improved a lot over the years," said senior center Hannah Schwartz.
For the underclassmen, Dennis is a role model off the court, as well as on it.
"She's a kid who's going to leave a legacy of making kids feel welcomed in their gym, and for the younger kids to realize, you know what, this senior made me feel welcomed, this is what I need to do at a young age," said Bohrer.
Dennis has one key piece of advice for the younger girls on the team.
"Just to have fun. Honestly it does go by fast and now that I'm a senior it's going to be over soon, and just to have fun with it," said Dennis.
Dennis and the Patriots are back in action tomorrow at 7:00 CT when they host Dickinson.