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By Derrick Smith

There is a lot required to become a great athlete and it does not just happen. There is practice and continual work in order to grow and become better. Rylee Martin says that she is practicing, even when there is no practice. 

“I have spent many hours in extra lessons and camps,” she said. “I use those to work hard to be the best I can be. I very rarely have a day off because every chance I get, I’m in the gym. I am very motivated to continuously improve every day I step out on the court.”

Martin is a junior at Owasso High School and plays setter and right-side hitter for the Lady Rams’ volleyball team. She is in her seventh season of the sport and says she enjoys it as much as she always has. 

There have been a number of people that have had an impacted Rylee’s life, not just as an athlete, but also as a person. 

“I have had many amazing coaches over the years,” Martin said. “They have had a big influence on me. I appreciate all of the time they have spent working with me and giving me advice. Also, my older brother is a big role model in my life. He always worked very hard at baseball and now plays in college.”

The highlight moment of her career was an experience she had as an underclassman. 

“During my freshman year, I was pulled up to play in Florida,” she said. “It was such a great experience that I will never forget.”

As a student at Owasso, Rylee has sat in numerous classes taught by a variety of teachers. She says her Algebra teacher taught her more than just what was in the textbook. “Mr. McMath would have to be my favorite teacher,” she stated. “He not only taught me Algebra, but he invested his time in teaching us real-life lessons that we will be able to use after high school.”

Martin also plays club volleyball for ClubONE Black and hopes to continue her volleyball career at the collegiate level. She is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Owasso.

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