Victoria Advocate: A volleyball story straight out of Louise, Texas

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

The memories of leaving San Marcos with a state volleyball championship still brings a smile to Amber Bain’s face a month after her Louise Lady Hornets claimed the Class 1A title.

“It was so loud that I couldn’t hear anything until they came across the loud speaker and said, ‘Louise is the Class 1A champions,'” Bain said. “Everyone was crying and so happy at that moment. I couldn’t believe what was going on.”

Bain and the Lady Hornets capped the 2009 season with 23 straight wins, a District 30-1A championship, Region IV championship and beat Bronte 25-19, 28-25, 25-11 for the state title. The 5-foot-11 senior was named the state tournament’s MVP after having 25 kills and six blocks in the game. Since then she’s started playing basketball for the Lady Hornets and is preparing for FFA competitions, but it’s her team’s accomplishments in volleyball that are still being talked about.

“It has been constant congratulations for us from everyone,” said Bain, who is the 2009 Advocate All-Area Player of the Year. “There have been so many people from other towns even that have come up to me and said, ‘good job’. I don’t know them, so it’s kind of weird but it’s exciting to know that you did something like that. It’s been a really cool experience for all of us.”

Along with being named the Advocate’s Player of the Year, Bain is a first-team all-state member and the District 30-1A MVP. She will also participate in the 2010 Texas Girls Coaches Association all-star game.

“When it came time to deliver, she came through for us,” said Louise head coach Bryan Branch, who was named the Advocate’s Coach of the Year. “She is calm and even-keel. I knew she was going to handle the stage and played her game. It was just another game for her even though the stage was huge. She always played with confidence in herself.”

Bain finishes the season with 502 kills and 193 blocks. She said she plans on attending Sam Houston State University next year and will try to play for the volleyball team. Branch has no doubts she has the ability to do anything she puts her mind to athletically.

“She set the standard for our volleyball program,” Branch said. “I think everyone tries to be as good as her everyday. That is a great thing, because it pushes everyone to get the most out of themselves.”

Off the court, teammate Kirsten Machicek describes Bain as someone you wouldn’t expect to be a dominant force in competition.

“She is on the shy side, but is extremely sweet,” Michicek said. “You have to know her for her to open up, but she is a great friend.

“She is unbelievable and knows exactly what she needs to do to help the team win.”

Bain competed last year in the triple jump, 100-meter hurdles, 400 relay and 800 relay at the Class 1A State Track and Field Championships. That experience along with competing in five events at state as a sophomore gave her experience and helped her this year in volleyball.

“She is a tremendous athlete,” Branch said. “She is a great track athlete, she jumps out of the gym in basketball and she is always working to get better. Her goal was to win and she led us to that point by example.”

Bain remains focused on the future and obtaining more goals, but the 2009 volleyball season may go down as her best high school memory.

“It was a great year being with all my teammates,” Bain said. “There was never a fight between any of us all year. We came to practice to get better and we worked great together in games. We were all like sisters and best friends all year.”

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