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November 7, 2013

All-State for Audrey

Sequoyah volleyball player picks up All-State honor

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Audrey Ballou and her mom were enjoying some Mexican food at Jose's when Ballou received a phone call.

It was from Sequoyah volleyball coach Jay Herrin.

"Coach Herrin called me and said that he had some good news for me," Ballou said. "I asked what it was and then he told me that I was picked for the All-State team.

"I was so excited that I screamed at my mom."

Ballou was selected as one of 10 players to play on the Small East team during the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State games during the summer of 2014.

During her senior season at Sequoyah, Ballou averaged 9.3 kills and 2.8 digs per match. She also contributed 2.5 aces.

"It's very exciting knowing that I made the All-State team," Ballou said. "It's a huge blessing."

With Ballou leading the way, Sequoyah won a regional title and returned to the state tournament for the first time since 2006. The Lady Indians lost in the state quarterfinals to Oklahoma Christian School and finished with a 31-6 record.

For Ballou, the All-State honor comes a year after she sat out during her junior year while she waited to become eligible on the varsity level.

"I'd say that being an All-Stater is the perfect way to end my senior season," she said, "because it makes me feel good knowing that all the work I put into it — even when I was ineligible — paid off."

Ballou, though, wasn't sure if all the hard work would result in All-State honors when the season began.

"At the beginning of the year, I wasn't very sure that being an All-Stater would be possible," Ballou said. "But it was a thought that was always in the back of my head."

Now Ballou will shift to basketball in the winter months. At this point, she doesn't know which direction she'll go once her varsity career is done.

"I'm not sure as to what my future holds," she said. "I would like to play both, but I don't know how possible that is. As for right now though, I am just going to pray and trust that God will lead me in the right direction, because none of this would have been possible without him."

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