Raising the Barr

For The Tribune

Destiny Barr has kept busy playing different positions for the Medora volleyball team this fall.

“I can set, pass, hit and serve,” Barr said of filling different roles. “I’m the setter, but lately we’ve been having to put me in the back row and change around the rotation,” she said, and added that she had never set before this season, and was forced into that position because of an injury to the regular setter, Alli Carney.

“I did not want to be the setter because I had practiced the past three years to be a good passer and hitter. (Coach Sara Todd) put me in as setter because I was the best one.”

The senior played junior varsity her freshman year and then split her time between JV and varsity the past two seasons.

Barr talked about the teamwork involved, and said she relies on communication from her teammates to tell her where to set the ball.

“By the time I have the ball I’m setting so I can’t look (for hitting lanes),” she said. ‘The blockers usually tell the hitters where to attack. Communication is very important. I don’t think you could play a game without talking.”

The relationships that are built on and off the court mean a lot to Barr.

“I love that everyone gets to play, everyone gets to try even if you’re not better than a certain person because we’re small,” Barr said. “I love my teammates. They make everything really fun. It’s a stress reliever.”

When she was in elementary and middle school she did not play volleyball because she was scared to play, but when she entered high school her friend Kaitlyn Wilson encouraged her to come out for the team.

Barr’s hard work has paid off as she has received two outstanding serving awards, a hitting award and a coach’s award.

In her senior season, Barr has acted as a captain.

“It made me feel important,” Barr said. “It also made me feel nervous because I’m the main captain and the officials speak to me if there is a problem. At practice, I try to pump the girls up and make sure they feel good about themselves.”

This spring, Barr plans to run track — and she will help the team wherever she is needed.

Barr file

Name: Destiny Barr

Parent: Jessica Mason

Siblings: Ayrianna, Lilly, Alivia, Mark

Sports: volleyball 4 years, cheerleader 4 years, track and field 1 year

Awards: outstanding server 2 times, hitting award, coaches award

Plans after high school: attend college, study to be a vet technician

Organizations: National Honor Society, Letter ‘M’ Club, school officer (treasurer, secretary) student council

Favorite food: tacos

Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars

Favorite movie: A Walk to Remember

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.