Brave looks back on career with pride

This fall, Brownstown Central High School senior Abbi Shade was on the volleyball court for every play.

Ever since her first varsity start as a freshman, she has played an important role for the Braves. Not only was she a reliable hitter, but she could step back and serve an ace or get a big dig to keep a play going.

“Always playing your best game, always showing up to play, you grow with your teammates. You always improve as a team,” she said. “So when others improve on your team, you are going to improve, as well. By the end of the season, you’re playing your best volleyball, hitting your hardest and passing your best. That’s when it has to come.”

Her freshman year, the Braves advanced to the Class 2A state finals. As a sophomore, they made it back to semistate, and then moving up to Class 3A her final two seasons, they advanced to semistate. Brownstown finished the 2012 season at 31-6 and ranked fourth in Class 3A.

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